tumefy

verb
tu·​me·​fy
-ed/-ing/-es

Definition of tumefy

intransitive verb

1 : to rise in a tumor : swell
2 : to become puffed up (as with pride)

transitive verb

: to cause to swell : produce a tumor in

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History and Etymology for tumefy

Middle French tumefier, from Latin tumēre to swell + Middle French -fier -fy

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“Tumefy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumefy. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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