Definition of Congestion

1. Noun. Excessive accumulation of blood or other fluid in a body part.

2. Noun. Excessive crowding. "Traffic congestion"
Exact synonyms: Over-crowding
Generic synonyms: Crowding
Derivative terms: Congest, Overcrowd, Overcrowd

Definition of Congestion

1. n. The act of gathering into a heap or mass; accumulation.

Definition of Congestion

1. Noun. The act of gathering into a heap or mass; accumulation. ¹

2. Noun. An excess of traffic. ¹

3. Noun. (medicine) Overfullness of the capillary and other blood vessels, etc., in any locality or organ (often producing other morbid symptoms); local hypermic, active or passive; as, arterial congestion; venous congestion; congestion of the lungs. ¹

4. Noun. (medicine) An excess of mucus or fluid in the respiratory system; congestion of the lungs, or nasal congestion. ¹

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Definition of Congestion

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Medical Definition of Congestion

1. Excessive or abnormal accumulation of blood in a part. Origin: L. Congestio, from congerere = to heap together This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Congestion

conger eel
conger eels
congestion (current term)
congestive cardiomyopathy
congestive cirrhosis
congestive heart failure
congestive heart failures
congestive splenomegaly

Literary usage of Congestion

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Lancet (1839)
"Most, if not all, of you must be aware in what manner venous congestion arises in such morbid conditions of the heart as I have named. ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1874)
"more expressive than congestion, as the opposite of anaemia, and simply meaning accumulation of blood in the vessels of a part or organ. ..."

3. A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine by George Bacon Wood (1858)
"congestion. THIS may be defined to be an unhealthy accumulation of blood in ... There is probably no form of congestion which may not be traced to some one ..."

4. A Treatise on the Diseases of the Nervous System by William Alexander Hammond (1876)
"Passive cerebral congestion is very much more frequent in cold than in warm weather. The direct rays of the sun are capable of producing sudden attacks ..."

5. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"(a) Chronic Passive congestion of the Liver (Stasis Liver, Passive Hyperemia of the Liver, Cardiac Liver) Etiology.—The hepatic condition depends upon ..."

6. Immigration and Labor: The Economic Aspects of European Immigration to the by Isaac Aaronovich Hourwich (1922)
"A very large and increasing importance should be attached to this element as a factor in the congestion of manufactures in New York City. ..."

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