[dee-too-mes-uh ns, -tyoo-]
- reduction or subsidence of swelling.
Origin of detumescence
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- 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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- Reduction, subsidence, or lessening of a swelling, especially the restoration of a swollen organ or part to normal size.
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