- to make or become swollen or tumid.
Origin of tumefy
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Examples from the Web for tumefy
A cup was exhausted of air and applied to the skin, causing the skin to tumefy.
- to make or become tumid; swell or puff up
C16: from French tumēfier, from Latin tumefacere; see tumefacient
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- To swell or cause to swell.
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