[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. tumefaction,
  2. tumefy,
  3. tumen,
  4. tumesce,
  5. tumescence,
  6. tumid,
  7. tumidly,
  8. tummler,
  9. tummy,
  10. tummy tuck

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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Word Origin and History for tumescent



1806, from Latin tumescentem, present participle of tumescere "to begin to swell," inceptive of tumere "to swell" (see thigh).

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Medicine definitions for tumescent


[ tōō-mĕsənt ]


Somewhat tumid.
Becoming swollen; swelling.

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