tumescence
noun Date: 1859 the quality or state of being tumescent; especially readiness for sexual activity marked especially by vascular congestion of the sex organs

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  • tumescence — [ tymesɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1839; du lat. tumescens, de tumescere « s enfler » ♦ Didact. Gonflement des tissus (⇒ intumescence, turgescence). Tumescence pathologique. ⇒ tuméfaction, tumeur. ♢ Spécialt Turgescence (d un organe érectile), marquant un état …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Tumescence — is the quality or state of being tumescent or swollen. Tumescence usually refers to the normal engorgement with blood (vascular congestion) of the erectile tissues, marking sexual excitation and possible readiness for sexual activity. The… …   Wikipedia

  • tumescence — (n.) 1859, from Fr. tumescence, from L. tumescentem (nom. tumescens) swelling, prp. of tumescere begin to swell, from tumere to swell (see THIGH (Cf. thigh)) + inchoative suffix escere. The earliest attested form of the word in English is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Tumescence — 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; applied especially to the state of swelling of the vascular tissue in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tumescence — [to͞o mes′əns, tyo͞omes′əns] n. 〚< L tumescens, prp. of tumescere, to swell up, inceptive of tumere, to swell: see TUMOR〛 1. a swelling; distention 2. a swollen or distended part tumescent adj. * * * tu·mes·cence (to͞o mĕsʹəns, tyo͞o ) …   Universalium

  • tumescence — [to͞o mes′əns, tyo͞omes′əns] n. [< L tumescens, prp. of tumescere, to swell up, inceptive of tumere, to swell: see TUMOR] 1. a swelling; distention 2. a swollen or distended part tumescent adj …   English World dictionary

  • tumescence — GLOSSARY OF VOLCANIC TERMS The doming or uprising of a volcano commonly due to inflation of a shallow magma chamber. Regional tumescence commonly occurs prior to a major pyroclastic eruption, but may also occur following an eruption as less… …   Glossary of volcanic terms

  • tumescence — tumescent ► ADJECTIVE ▪ swollen or becoming swollen. DERIVATIVES tumescence noun …   English terms dictionary

  • tumescence — n. [L. tumescere, to swell up] Slightly tumid or enlarged …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • tumescence — noun /tjuːˈmɛsəns/ a) A swelling due to the presence of fluid. b) A swollen bodily organ; used especially of erectile tissue. See Also: tumescent …   Wiktionary

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