- swelling; slightly tumid.
- exhibiting or affected with many ideas or emotions; teeming.
- pompous and pretentious, especially in the use of language; bombastic.
Origin of tumescent
Examples from the Web for tumescence
In other words, the process of tumescence is gradual and complex.The Task of Social Hygiene
In man the process of tumescence and detumescence is simple.
A certain degree of tumescence must already have been attained.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4 (of 6)
Tumescence must thus be obtained before desire can become acute, and courtship runs pari passu with physiological processes.
It is tumescence which is the really essential part of the process, and we cannot afford, with Moll, to ignore it altogether.
- swollen or becoming swollen
Word Origin and History for tumescence
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).
- A swelling or an enlargement.
- A swollen condition.
- A swollen part or organ.
- Somewhat tumid.
- Becoming swollen; swelling.