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 (dē′to͞o-mĕs′əns, -tyo͞o-)
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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(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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(ˌdi tuˈmɛs əns, -tyu-)

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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In The Closing of the American Mind (1987) Allan Bloom attacked the "spiritual detumescence" of the Academy populated by students and professors enslaved to sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll; Roger Kimball took on the "tenured radicals" while Hilton Kramer punctured public intellectuals, and between them this redoubtable duo tilted at the winds of change with such regularity that despite their healthy provocation they were in danger of sounding like windbags of woe.
We are given flash scenes of Einstein and Faraday, representatives of the great men of science we have so revered, enslaved by the ape king and made to serve in an apocalyptic bacteriological and atomic war which ends in "the ultimate and irremediable / Detumescence" (42) of modern civilization.
A marked thinning of the tunica albuginea, when combined with abnormal bending, leads to excessive intracavernosal pressure and often a transverse laceration of the proximal shaft.[sup.12] Classic features include the patient reporting an audible "popping" sound, rapid detumescence, pain, penile swelling and deviation of the penis often to the side opposite the injury secondary to mass effect of the hematoma at the injury site.
Detumescence is due to arterial contraction which leads to the release of norepinephrine.
He denied hearing a "snap" sound, which is usually followed by penile detumescence or pain.
The patient had been doing taghaandan (cracking the penis) for about 15 years; this time, however, he felt a tearing/popping sensation, and reported rapid detumescence and severe penile pain, but he has been able to void well.
All patients complained of hearing a cracking sound followed by rapid detumescence, pain and penile swelling.
A 22-year-old man presented to the emergency department with a history of sudden cracking sound and acute pain during sexual intercourse followed by rapid detumescence, penile swelling and ecchymosis.
Typical clinical presentation includes a snapping sound during the sexual act followed by immediate pain and penile detumescence, in addition to the emergence of large edema, hematoma and penile deformity.[sup.2] It may be associated with urethral trauma in 1% to 38% of cases.[sup.3,4] Associated urethral injury should be suspected if there is blood at meatus, hematuria and difficulty in voiding.
The patient reported a "tearing/popping" sensation, rapid detumescence, severe penile pain and frank blood per urethra.
On the other hand, surgical ligation of the fistula should only be preserved in those patients who did not achieve detumescence after selective arterial embolization due to its inevitable side effects, including residual erectile dysfunction (as high as 50%), penile gangrene, cavernosal abscess, and gluteal ischemia.
The Marlovian and Marstonian 'soul' has its reappearance in Hirens verse, and so does 'dew'; and indeed both 'dew' and 'melting kiss' hint at detumescence. (In echoing Hiren, as noted above, The Insatiate Countess mentions the 'dewe of pleasure'.) The occasional dependency of Barksted upon Marston has its most graphic exhibition as Mirrha 'her seruant armes bout her Nurse clasps, / and nuzzels once more twixt those dugs her face' (CV).