tumefaction

[ too-muh-fak-shuh n, tyoo- ]
/ ˌtu məˈfæk ʃən, ˌtyu- /

noun

an act of making or becoming swollen or tumid.

Nearby words

  1. tumbling,
  2. tumbling barrel,
  3. tumbling box,
  4. tumbrel,
  5. tumefacient,
  6. tumefy,
  7. tumen,
  8. tumesce,
  9. tumescence,
  10. tumescent

Origin of tumefaction

1590–1600; < French < Latin tumefactiōn- (stem of tumefactiō a causing to swell), equivalent to tumefact(us) (past participle of tumefacere; see tumefy) + -iōn- -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for tumefaction

tumefaction

/ (ˌtjuːmɪˈfækʃən) /

noun

the act or process of swelling
a puffy or swollen structure or part
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Medicine definitions for tumefaction

tumefaction

[ tōō′mə-făkshən ]

n.

The act or process of puffing or swelling.
A swollen condition.
A puffy or swollen part; tumescence.

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