[in-too-mes, -tyoo-]

Origin of intumesce

1790–1800; < Latin intumēscere to swell up, equivalent to in- in-2 + tumēscere, equivalent to tum(ēre) to swell + -ēscere -esce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for intumesce


  1. (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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intumesce in Medicine


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