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

  • adj. Somewhat tumid.
  • adj. Becoming swollen; swelling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. swollen or distended with fluid, as of erectile tissue.
  • adj. inflated or overblown

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Slightly tumid; swollen, as certain moss capsules.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Swelling; tumefying; forming into a tumor; intumescent.
  • In botany, slightly tumid or swollen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas


Latin tumēscēns, tumēscent-, present participle of tumēscere, to begin to swell, inchoative of tumēre, to swell; see teuə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin tumēscēns ("swelling, bloating") (Wiktionary)



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  • Certainly a candidate for reesetee's list "Worse Than They Sound," if it isn't already there in some variant (such as tumescence).

    March 6, 2008