intumesce

[ in-too-mes, -tyoo- ]
/ ˌɪn tʊˈmɛs, -tyʊ- /

verb (used without object), in·tu·mesced, in·tu·mesc·ing.

to swell up, as with heat; become tumid.
to bubble up.

Nearby words

  1. intuitionalism,
  2. intuitionism,
  3. intuitive,
  4. intuitive stage,
  5. intuitivism,
  6. intumescence,
  7. intumescent,
  8. inturn,
  9. intussuscept,
  10. intussusception

Origin of intumesce

1790–1800; < Latin intumēscere to swell up, equivalent to in- in-2 + tumēscere, equivalent to tum(ēre) to swell + -ēscere -esce

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British Dictionary definitions for intumesce

intumesce

/ (ˌɪntjʊˈmɛs) /

verb

(intr) to swell or become swollen; undergo intumescence

Word Origin for intumesce

C18: from Latin intumescere, from tumescere to begin to swell, from tumēre to swell

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Medicine definitions for intumesce

intumesce

[ ĭn′tōō-mĕs ]

v.

To swell or expand; enlarge.
To bubble up, especially from the effect of heating.

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