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[too-muh-fahy, tyoo-]
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verb (used with or without object), tu·me·fied, tu·me·fy·ing.
  1. to make or become swollen or tumid.
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Origin of tumefy

1590–1600; back formation from tumefied, Anglicization of Latin tumefactus (past participle of tumefacere to cause to swell), equivalent to tume(re) to swell + -factus made, done; see fact, -fy
Related formsun·tu·me·fied, adjective
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Related Words

bloat, 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

  • A cup was exhausted of air and applied to the skin, causing the skin to tumefy.

    Bloodletting Instruments in the National Museum of History and Technology

    Audrey Davis

British Dictionary definitions for tumefy


verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. to make or become tumid; swell or puff up
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Word Origin

C16: from French tumēfier, from Latin tumefacere; see tumefacient
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tumefy in Medicine


  1. To swell or cause to swell.
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