- a swelling up, as with congestion.
- the state of being swollen.
- a swollen mass.
Origin of intumescence
Related Words for intumescencewart, lump, nodule, projection, bump, swelling, promontory, growth, excrescence, dilation, bunch, protrusion, salient, hump, sac, blob, distention, protuberance, jut, excess
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Historical Examples of intumescence
Palpation may elicit, besides tenderness, points or regions of induration or intumescence.
Mr. Lindsay attempted to elucidate the action of the intumescence in raising and depressing the petiole, in the following manner.
We tried what result would ensue upon slitting the intumescence of the petiole horizontally.
Intumescence, in-tū-mes′ens, n. the action of swelling: a swelling: a tumid state.
Puff′iness, state of being puffy or turgid: intumescence; Puff′ing, the act of praising extravagantly.
- pathol a swelling up, as with blood or other fluid
- pathol a swollen organ or part
- chem the swelling of certain substances on heating, often accompanied by the escape of water vapour
1650s, from French intumescence, from Latin intumescere (see intumescent).
- The act or process of swelling or the condition of being swollen.
- A swollen organ or body part.