a) the process of swelling up or the condition of being swollen
b) an instance of such swelling
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  • intumescence — [ ɛ̃tymesɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1611; du lat. intumescere → tumeur ♦ Didact. Fait d enfler, de gonfler. Intumescence des chairs, de la rate. ⇒ enflure, gonflement, tuméfaction. Adj. INTUMESCENT, ENTE . ♢ Mécan. Onde de surface dans un canal découvert de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Intumescence — In tu*mes cence, n. [Cf. F. intumescence.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or process of swelling or enlarging; also, the state of being swollen; expansion; tumidity; especially, the swelling up of bodies under the action of heat. [1913 Webster] The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intumescence — 1650s, from Fr. intumescence, from L. intumescere (see INTUMESCENT (Cf. intumescent)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • intumescence — [in΄to͞omes′əns, in΄tyo͞omes′əns] n. [Fr] 1. an intumescing or being intumesced 2. a swollen or enlarged organ or mass, as a tumor; swelling intumescent adj …   English World dictionary

  • intumescence — (in tu mè ssan s ) s. f. Terme didactique. Action par laquelle une chose s enfle. L intumescence des mers par l action combinée du soleil et de la lune. •   Et quoique son flux [de la mer] ne s élève qu à la hauteur de quinze pieds dans ses plus… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • INTUMESCENCE — s. f. T. didactique. Action par laquelle une chose s enfle. L intumescence des chairs …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • INTUMESCENCE — n. f. T. didactique Action par laquelle une chose s’enfle. L’intumescence des chairs …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • intumescence — noun Etymology: French, from Latin intumescere to swell up, from in + tumescere to swell more at tumescence Date: 1650 a swollen or enlarged part of a plant or animal; also the process of swelling up or enlarging …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • intumescence — intumescent, adj. /in too mes euhns, tyoo /, n. 1. a swelling up, as with congestion. 2. the state of being swollen. 3. a swollen mass. [1650 60; < F; see INTUMESCE, ENCE] * * * …   Universalium

  • intumescence — 1. SYN: enlargement. 2. The process of enlarging or swelling; used to describe the spinal enlargements. tympanic i. SYN: tympanic enlargement. * * * in·tu·mes·cence mes ən(t)s n 1 a) the action or process of becoming enlarged o …   Medical dictionary

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