tumefy

[ too-muh-fahy, tyoo- ]
/ ˈtu məˌfaɪ, ˈtyu- /

verb (used with or without object), tu·me·fied, tu·me·fy·ing.

to make or become swollen or tumid.

Nearby words

  1. tumbling barrel,
  2. tumbling box,
  3. tumbrel,
  4. tumefacient,
  5. tumefaction,
  6. tumen,
  7. tumesce,
  8. tumescence,
  9. tumescent,
  10. 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

Related formsun·tu·me·fied, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tumefy

tumefy

/ (ˈtjuːmɪˌfaɪ) /

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

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Medicine definitions for tumefy

tumefy

[ tōōmə-fī′ ]

v.

To swell or cause to swell.

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