intumesce

[ in-too-mes, -tyoo- ]

verb (used without object),in·tu·mesced, in·tu·mesc·ing.
  1. to swell up, as with heat; become tumid.

  2. to bubble up.

Origin of intumesce

1
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
  1. (intr) to swell or become swollen; undergo intumescence

Origin of intumesce

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

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