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de·tu·mes·cence

 (dē′to͞o-mĕs′əns, -tyo͞o-)
n.
Reduction or lessening of a swelling, especially of a swollen organ or part.

[From Latin dētumēscere, to subside : dē-, de- + tumēscere, to swell, inchoative of tumēre; see teuə- in Indo-European roots.]

de′tu·mes′cent adj.
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detumescence

(ˌdiːtjʊˈmɛsəns)
n
(Physiology) the subsidence of a swelling, esp the return of a swollen organ, such as the penis, to the flaccid state
[C17: from Latin dētumescere to cease swelling, from de- + tumescere, from tumēre to swell]
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de•tu•mes•cence

(ˌdi tuˈmɛs əns, -tyu-)

n.
subsidence of swelling or erection.
[1670–80; < Latin dētumēsc(ere) to cease swelling (dē- de- + tumēscere to swell); see tumescent]
de`tu•mes′cent, adj.
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Noun1.detumescence - diminution of swelling; the subsidence of anything swollen
decline, diminution - change toward something smaller or lower
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Once the subject's penile circumference had returned to baseline (i.e., he had detumesced) the next stimulus period was begun.