tumesce


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Related to tumesce: clamour

tu·mesce

 (to͞o-mĕs′)
intr. & tr.v. tu·mesced, tu·mesc·ing, tu·mesc·es
To become or cause to become tumescent.

[Back-formation from tumescent.]

tumesce

(tjuːˈmɛs)
vb (intr)
to swell or become tumid

tu•mesce

(tuˈmɛs, tyu-)

v.i., v.t. -mesced, -mesc•ing.
to become or cause to become tumescent.
[1970–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.tumesce - expand abnormallytumesce - expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"
distend - swell from or as if from internal pressure; "The distended bellies of the starving cows"
expand - become larger in size or volume or quantity; "his business expanded rapidly"
belly, belly out - swell out or bulge out
puff out, puff up, puff, blow up - to swell or cause to enlarge, "Her faced puffed up from the drugs"; "puffed out chests"
bloat - become bloated or swollen or puff up; "The dead man's stomach was bloated"
blister, vesicate - get blistered; "Her feet blistered during the long hike"