[ dee-too-mes-uh ns, -tyoo- ]
/ ˌdi tuˈmɛs əns, -tyu- /


reduction or subsidence of swelling.

Words nearby detumescence

Origin of detumescence

1670–80; < Latin dētumēsc(ere) to cease swelling (dē- de- + tumēscere to swell) + -ence; see tumescent

OTHER WORDS FROM detumescence

de·tu·mes·cent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for detumescence

/ (ˌdiːtjʊˈmɛsəns) /


the subsidence of a swelling, esp the return of a swollen organ, such as the penis, to the flaccid state

Word Origin for detumescence

C17: from Latin dētumescere to cease swelling, from de- + tumescere, from tumēre to swell
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Medicine definitions for detumescence

[ dē′tōō-mĕsəns ]


Reduction, subsidence, or lessening of a swelling, especially the restoration of a swollen organ or part to normal size.
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