tumefy

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French, from Latin, ultimately from tumeō, from Proto-Indo-European *tum-éh₁- (to be swelling), stative stem of *tum- (to swell).

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tumefy (third-person singular simple present tumefies, present participle tumefying, simple past and past participle tumefied)

  1. to cause to swell
    • De Quincey
      To swell, tumefy, stiffen, not the diction only, but the tenor of the thought.

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