Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition of being swollen.
  • n. The process of swelling.
  • n. Pomposity; self-importance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of swelling, or state of being swollen or turgescent.
  • n. Empty magnificence or pompousness; inflation; bombast; turgidity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of swelling, or the state of being swollen, or turgescent.
  • n. Empty magnificence or pompousness; inflation; bombast; turgidity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, the becoming turgid or distended by a liquid content. See turgid, 3.
  • n. The act of swelling, or the state of being swelled.
  • n. In medicine, the swelling or enlargement of any part, usually from congestion or the extravasation of serum or blood.
  • n. Pomposity; inflation; bombast.

Etymologies

From Latin turgēscere, to begin to swell, inchoative of turgēre, to be swollen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • He composed wistful passages about “the plump turgescence of youth,” and in pears found the “soft rapture of attainment.”

    The Fruit Hunters

  • He told her that barrenness is cured by the presence of immoderate heat in a woman accompanied by turgescence.

    Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe

  • A physical fooling of turgescence and congestion in that region, such as swimmers often feel, probably increased the impression.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864

  • Now it is in vain to talk of contractions, of spasms, of turgescence; all this evidently fails to reach the case of the St. - Médard _succors_.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 77, March, 1864

  • It is during this state withdrawn forcibly backwards over the glans, and in this situation, while being itself the first cause of constriction, it induces another -- namely, an arrest to the venous circulation, which is followed by a turgescence of the glans.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • Considering all these facts, we must regard the fall of arterial pressure, the depression of the fontanelle, and the turgescence of the vessels of the limbs as phenomena concomitant with bodily rest and warmth, and we have no more right to assign the causation of sleep to cerebral anæmia than to any other alteration in the functions of the body, such as occur during sleep.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 1178, June 25, 1898

  • The whole feminine genital canal, including the uterus, indeed, is richly supplied with blood-vessels, and is capable during sexual excitement of a very high degree of turgescence, a kind of erection.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 Erotic Symbolism; The Mechanism of Detumescence; The Psychic State in Pregnancy

  • But even if we confine ourselves to the genital region, while in man that portion of the penis which enters the vagina, and especially the glans, is normally the only portion which, even during turgescence, is sensitive to voluptuous contacts, in woman the whole of the region comprised within the larger lips, including even the anus and internally the vagina and the vaginal portion of the womb, [89] become sensitive to voluptuous contacts.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 Erotic Symbolism; The Mechanism of Detumescence; The Psychic State in Pregnancy

  • In the anthropoid apes, as the gorilla, the large clitoris and the nymphæ become prominent in sexual excitement, but the less development of the clitoris in women, together with the specifically human evolution of the mons veneris and larger lips, renders this sexual turgescence practically invisible, though it is perceptible to touch in an increased degree of spongy and elastic tension.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 Erotic Symbolism; The Mechanism of Detumescence; The Psychic State in Pregnancy

  • Kissing and the privilege of sleeping with the friend are, however, sought, and at such times it often happens that even the comparatively unresponsive friend feels more or less definite sexual emotion (pudendal turgescence, with secretion of mucus and involuntary twitching of the neighboring muscles), though little or no attention may be paid to this phenomenon, and in the common ignorance of girls concerning sex matters it may not be understood.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 Sexual Inversion

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