congestion

[kuh n-jes-chuh n]

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.

Nearby words

  1. congenital valve,
  2. conger,
  3. congeries,
  4. congest,
  5. congested,
  6. congestion charging,
  7. congestive,
  8. congestive heart failure,
  9. congestive splenomegaly,
  10. congius

Origin of congestion

From the Latin word congestiō, dating back to 1585–95. See congest, -ion

Related formsnon·con·ges·tion, nounpre·con·ges·tion, nounsu·per·con·ges·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for congestion

congestion

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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Word Origin and History for congestion

congestion

n.

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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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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