tumefaction

noun

tu·​me·​fac·​tion ˌtü-mə-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce tumefaction (audio)
ˌtyü-
1
: an action or process of swelling or becoming tumorous
2

Word History

Etymology

Middle English tumefaccioun, from Medieval Latin tumefaccion-, tumefaccio, from Latin tumefacere to cause to swell, from tumēre to swell + facere to make, do — more at thumb entry 1, do entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tumefaction was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tumefaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumefaction. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

tumefaction

noun
tu·​me·​fac·​tion -ˈfak-shən How to pronounce tumefaction (audio)
1
: an action or process of swelling or becoming tumorous
2
: swelling
benign tumefactions
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