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From Middle French [Term?], from Latin congestĭō (heap, accumulation), from congerō (to bring together, accumulate, heap up), formed by the root gerō (to carry) and the prefix con-.



congestion (countable and uncountable, plural congestions)

  1. The hindrance or blockage of the passage of something, for example a fluid, mixture, traffic, people, etc. (due to an excess of this or due to a partial or complete obstruction), resulting in overfilling or overcrowding.
    1. An accumulation or buildup, the act of gathering into a heap or mass.
      network congestion
    2. (medicine) Blocking up of the capillary and other blood vessels, etc., in any locality or organ (often producing other morbid symptoms); local hypermic, active or passive
      arterial congestion
      venous congestion
      congestion of the lungs
  2. An excess or accumulation of something
    1. An excess of traffic; usually not a complete standstill of traffic, so usually not synonymous with traffic jam.
      traffic congestion
    2. (medicine) An excess of mucus or fluid in the respiratory system; congestion of the lungs, or nasal congestion.
    3. edema, water retention, swelling, enlargement of a body part because of fluid retention in tissues and vessels

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  • IPA(key): /kɔ̃.ʒɛs.tjɔ̃/
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congestion f (plural congestions)

  1. congestion



congestion (uncountable)

  1. congestion