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tumescence \Tu*mes"cence\, n:

A swelling or enlarging.
A swollen condition.
A swollen part or organ.

Source: American Heritage Dictionary

Tu*mes"cence (?), n. [L. tumescens, -entis, p.pr. of tumescere to swell up, v. incho. fr. tumere to swell.]

The act of becoming tumid; the state of being swollen; intumescence.

 

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