[in-too-mes-uh ns, -tyoo-]
- a swelling up, as with congestion.
- the state of being swollen.
- a swollen mass.
Origin of intumescence
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- 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
Word Origin and History for intumescent
1650s, from French intumescence, from Latin intumescere (see intumescent).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act or process of swelling or the condition of being swollen.
- A swollen organ or body part.
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