tumefaction

noun
tu·​me·​fac·​tion | \ ˌtü-mə-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce tumefaction (audio) , ˌtyü- \

Definition of tumefaction

1 : an action or process of swelling or becoming tumorous
2 : swelling

First Known Use of tumefaction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tumefaction

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

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“Tumefaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumefaction. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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tumefaction

noun
tu·​me·​fac·​tion | \ -ˈfak-shən How to pronounce tumefaction (audio) \

Medical Definition of tumefaction

1 : an action or process of swelling or becoming tumorous
2 : swelling benign tumefactions

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