[ too-mes-uh nt, tyoo- ]
/ tuˈmɛs ənt, tyu- /
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
1880–85; < Latin tumēscent- (stem of tumēscēns, present participle of tumēscere to begin to swell), equivalent to tum(ēre) to swell + -ēscent- -escent
Related formstu·mes·cence, noun
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Examples from the Web for tumescent
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 Formstumescence, noun
Word Origin for tumescent
C19: from Latin tumescere to begin to swell, from tumēre
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Medicine definitions for tumescent
[ tōō-mĕs′ənt ]
Becoming swollen; swelling.
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