I have previously alluded to 88masturbation as a manifestation of the detumescence impulse.
In man the process of tumescence and detumescence is simple.
This reflex is always present in healthy adult subjects and indicates the integrity of the physical mechanism of detumescence.
Hence the significance of the kiss as a preliminary of detumescence.
At the beginning of detumescence the features are frequently more discomposed.
But in these cases also, the complete fusion of the processes of detumescence and contrectation occurs very gradually.
Such, so far as our present vague and imperfect knowledge extends, are the main features in the process of detumescence.
The act of exhibition itself gratifies the sexual impulse, and usually it suffices to replace both tumescence and detumescence.
There is the period of tumescence, and the ecbole constituting the detumescence.
But we can by no means altogether pass over the final phase of detumescence.
detumescence de·tu·mes·cence (dē'tōō-měs'əns, -tyōō-)
Reduction, subsidence, or lessening of a swelling, especially the restoration of a swollen organ or part to normal size.