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[too-muh-fak-shuh n, tyoo-]
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  1. 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


  1. the act or process of swelling
  2. a puffy or swollen structure or part
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tumefaction in Medicine


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