[in-too-mes-uh ns, -tyoo-]
- a swelling up, as with congestion.
- the state of being swollen.
- a swollen mass.
Origin of intumescence
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- pathol a swelling up, as with blood or other fluid
- pathol a swollen organ or part
- chem the swelling of certain substances on heating, often accompanied by the escape of water vapour
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Word Origin and History for intumescent
1650s, from French intumescence, from Latin intumescere (see intumescent).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act or process of swelling or the condition of being swollen.
- A swollen organ or body part.
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