tumescence

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1725, initially as tumefaction (1590s), from French tumescence, from Latin tumescens (swelling), present participle of tumēscō (I begin to swell), from tumeō (I swell) + -ēscō (I become) (English -esce, in this form -escence),[1] stem from Proto-Indo-European *tum-éh₁- (to be swelling), stative stem of *tum- (to swell).

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tumescence (plural tumescences)

  1. A swelling due to the presence of fluid.
  2. A swollen bodily organ; used especially of erectile tissue.

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  1. ^ tumescence” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).