tumefaction

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

noun

an act of making or becoming swollen or tumid.

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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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Medical 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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