[ in-too-mes-uhns, -tyoo- ]
/ ˌɪn tʊˈmɛs əns, -tyʊ- /
a swelling up, as with congestion.
the state of being swollen.
a swollen mass.
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OTHER WORDS FROM intumescencein·tu·mes·cent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for intumescence
/ (ˌɪntjʊˈmɛsəns) /
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
Derived forms of intumescenceintumescent, adjective
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Medical definitions for intumescence
[ ĭn′tōō-mĕs′əns ]
The act or process of swelling or the condition of being swollen.
A swollen organ or body part.
Other words from intumescencein′tu•mes′cent adj.
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