swelling

[ swel-ing ]
/ ˈswɛl ɪŋ /

noun

the act of a person or thing that swells.
the condition of being or becoming swollen.
a swollen part; a protuberance or prominence.
Pathology. an abnormal enlargement or protuberance, as that resulting from edema.

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Origin of swelling

before 900; Middle English, Old English; see swell, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM swelling

un·swell·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for swelling

swelling
/ (ˈswɛlɪŋ) /

noun

the act of expansion or inflation
the state of being or becoming swollen
a swollen or inflated part or area
an abnormal enlargement of a bodily structure or part, esp as the result of injury

Other words from swelling

Related adjective: tumescent
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Medical definitions for swelling

swelling
[ swĕlĭng ]

n.

Something swollen, especially an abnormally swollen body part or area.
A primordial elevation that develops into a fold, ridge, or process.
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