[in-too-mes-uh ns, -tyoo-]
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Origin of intumescence

From French, dating back to 1650–60; see origin at intumesce, -ence
Related formsin·tu·mes·cent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. pathol a swelling up, as with blood or other fluid
  2. pathol a swollen organ or part
  3. chem the swelling of certain substances on heating, often accompanied by the escape of water vapour
Derived Formsintumescent, adjective
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Word Origin and History for intumescence

1650s, from French intumescence, from Latin intumescere (see intumescent).

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intumescence in Medicine


  1. The act or process of swelling or the condition of being swollen.
  2. A swollen organ or body part.
Related formsin′tu•mescent adj.
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