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[kuh n-jes-chuh n] /kənˈdʒɛs tʃən/
overcrowding; clogging:
severe traffic congestion.
an excessive or abnormal accumulation of blood or other fluid in a body part or blood vessel:
pulmonary congestion.
Origin of congestion
From the Latin word congestiō, dating back to 1585-95. See congest, -ion
Related forms
noncongestion, noun
precongestion, noun
supercongestion, noun Unabridged
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  • All studious youths are aware of this tendency to congestion of the brain.

    The Growth of a Soul August Strindberg
  • The problem of congestion, in particular, is assuming ever graver proportions.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • The next morning, evacuation of these wounded was begun by ambulances as the congestion at Cheppy was somewhat relieved.

  • But the relationship to congestion he has not always seen for himself.

    Here and Now Story Book Lucy Sprague Mitchell
  • By relieving the congestion on the lines, they made possible the expansion of our output of munitions.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
British Dictionary definitions for congestion


the state of being overcrowded, esp with with traffic or people
the state of being overloaded or clogged with blood
the state of being blocked with mucus
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Word Origin and History for congestion

early 15c., "action of gathering together," from Middle French congestion (14c.), from Latin congestionem (nominative congestio), noun of action from past participle stem of congerere (see congest). Medical sense is from 1630s; meaning "a crowding together of people, traffic, etc." is from 1883.

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congestion in Medicine

congestion con·ges·tion (kən-jěs'chən)
The presence of an abnormal amount of fluid in a vessel or organ; especially excessive accumulation of blood, due either to increased afflux or to obstruction of return flow.

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