Definition of Tumescence

1. Noun. Tumidity resulting from the presence of blood or other fluid in the tissues.

Generic synonyms: Tumidity, Tumidness
Derivative terms: Tumescent



Definition of Tumescence

1. n. The act of becoming tumid; the state of being swollen; intumescence.

Definition of Tumescence

1. Noun. A swelling due to the presence of fluid. ¹

2. Noun. A swollen bodily organ; used especially of erectile tissue. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tumescence

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Tumescence

1. 1. The act of that which swells; as, the swelling of rivers in spring; the swelling of the breast with pride. "Rise to the swelling of the voiceless sea." (Coleridge) 2. A protuberance; a prominence; especially, an unnatural prominence or protuberance; as, a scrofulous swelling. "The superficies of such plates are not even, but have many cavities and swellings." (Sir I. Newton) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tumescence

tumbrils
tumbu dermal myiasis
tumchaite
tumefacient
tumefaction
tumefactions
tumefied
tumefies
tumefy
tumefying
tumentia
tumeric
tumeric yellow
tumesce
tumesced
tumescence (current term)
tumescences
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tumesces
tumescing
tumid
tumidities
tumidity
tumidly
tumidness
tumidnesses
tummal
tummals
tummelberries
tummelberry

Literary usage of Tumescence

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1. Analysis of the Sexual Impulse: Love and Pain; the Sexual Impulse in Women by Havelock Ellis (1913)
"... Importance of tumescence—Illustrated by the Phenomena of Courtship in Animals and in Man—The Object of Courtship is to Produce Sexual tumescence—The ..."

2. Studies in the Psychology of Sex by Havelock Ellis (1913)
"... Selection—Its Psychological Aspect—Sexual Selection a Part of Natural Selection—The Fundamental Importance of tumescence—Illustrated by the Phenomena of ..."

3. The Modern Treatment of Nervous and Mental Diseases by William Alanson White, Smith Ely Jelliffe (1913)
"The psychology of sex is mainly concerned with tumescence. When the elected couple are at length united and the moment of de- tumescence occurs the higher ..."

4. The History of Human Marriage by Edward Westermarck (1922)
"So far from the instinct of tumescence naturally needing to be crushed, it needs, on the contrary, in either sex to be submitted to the most elaborate and ..."

5. Erotic Symbolism: The Mechanism of Detumescence; The Psychic State in Pregnancy by Havelock Ellis (1905)
"Detumescence is normally linked closely to tumescence. tumescence is the piling on of the fuel; detumescence is the leaping out of the devouring flame ..."

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