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verb (used without object), in·tu·mesced, in·tu·mesc·ing.
- to swell up, as with heat; become tumid.
- to bubble up.
Origin of intumesce
< Latin intumēscere
to swell up, equivalent to in- in-2
equivalent to tum(ēre
) to swell + -ēscere -esce
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British Dictionary definitions for intumesce
- (intr) to swell or become swollen; undergo intumescence
C18: from Latin intumescere, from tumescere to begin to swell, from tumēre to swell
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- To swell or expand; enlarge.
- To bubble up, especially from the effect of heating.
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