verb (used with or without object), tu·me·fied, tu·me·fy·ing.
to make or become swollen or tumid.
Origin of tumefy
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Related Words for tumefybloat, bulge, balloon, rise, enlarge, surge, increase, mount, accumulate, fatten, grow, expand, blister, distend, extend, aggravate, enhance, augment, dilate, pout
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Historical Examples of tumefy
A cup was exhausted of air and applied to the skin, causing the skin to tumefy.
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
to make or become tumid; swell or puff up
Word Origin for tumefy
C16: from French tumēfier, from Latin tumefacere; see tumefacient
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
To swell or cause to swell.
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