detumescence

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

reduction or subsidence of swelling.

Nearby words

  1. detrude,
  2. detruncate,
  3. detrusion,
  4. detrusive,
  5. detrusor,
  6. deucalion,
  7. deuce,
  8. deuce court,
  9. deuced,
  10. deucedly

Origin of detumescence

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

Related formsde·tu·mes·cent, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for detumescence

detumescence

/ (ˌdiːtjʊˈmɛsəns) /

noun

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

detumescence

[ dē′tōō-mĕsəns ]

n.

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

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