[ too-mes-uhnt, tyoo- ]
/ tuˈmɛs ənt, tyu- /
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swelling; slightly tumid.
exhibiting or affected with many ideas or emotions; teeming.
pompous and pretentious, especially in the use of language; bombastic.
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Origin of tumescent
1880–85; <Latin tumēscent- (stem of tumēscēns, present participle of tumēscere to begin to swell), equivalent to tum(ēre) to swell + -ēscent--escent
OTHER WORDS FROM tumescenttu·mes·cence, noun
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How to use tumescent in a sentence
The bear, suddenly tumescent, sexually penetrates one of the ubiquitous sandals seen on Russian men anytime in summer.
Except for the occasional mosquito, there was no sound save the tumescent sea and his voice.Bab: A Sub-Deb|Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for tumescent
/ (tjuːˈmɛsənt) /
swollen or becoming swollen
Derived forms of tumescenttumescence, noun
Word Origin for tumescent
C19: from Latin tumescere to begin to swell, from tumēre
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Medical definitions for tumescent
[ tōō-mĕs′ənt ]
Becoming swollen; swelling.
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