Origin of tumescent
Examples from the Web for tumescence
There is the period of tumescence, and the ecbole constituting the detumescence.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
Tumescence: a swelling or tumid enlargement: a puffed up area.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith
Hitherto we have been occupied mainly with the first phase, that of tumescence, and with its associated psychic phenomena.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
A state of tumescence is not normally constant, and tumescence must be obtained before detumescence is possible.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
The æsthetic question, however, remains the same as if we were dealing with tumescence.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
Word Origin for tumescent
1725, from French tumescence, from Latin tumescentem (nominative tumescens) "swelling," present participle of tumescere "begin to swell," from tumere "to swell" (see thigh) + inchoative suffix -escere. The earliest attested form of the word in English is tumefaction (1590s).
1806, from Latin tumescentem, present participle of tumescere "to begin to swell," inceptive of tumere "to swell" (see thigh).