[ 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.

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

Other words from tumefy

  • un·tu·me·fied, adjective

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/ (ˈtjuːmɪˌfaɪ) /

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

Origin of tumefy

C16: from French tumēfier, from Latin tumefacere; see tumefacient

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