congestion

[ kuh n-jes-chuh n ]
/ kənˈdʒɛs tʃən /

noun

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

non·con·ges·tion, nounpre·con·ges·tion, nounsu·per·con·ges·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for congestion

congestion

/ (kənˈdʒɛstʃən) /

noun

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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Medicine definitions for congestion

congestion

[ kən-jĕschən ]

n.

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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