One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbtumefied, tumefying, tumefies[no object]
Become swollen.‘the tumefied face, the swollen and blackened eyes and lips’
become bigger, make bigger, become larger, make larger, become greater, make greater, increase in size, grow, expandView synonyms
- ‘The cup is drained of air and applied to specific areas of the body causing the skin to tumefy, or swell.’
- ‘Her abdomen was swollen, her six breasts had tumefied and turned pink, poking through her fur, sometimes leaking droplets of milk.’
- ‘The vacuum cup creates suction causing the surface tissue to tumefy or bulge into the cup.’
- ‘The gums tumefy and change in color to a dark rose tint; the tongue is swollen; the patient not only experiences an unpleasant metallic taste, but the breath becomes impregnated also.’
- ‘This method left the flesh tumefied and healing was long but it avoided gangrene.’
Late 16th century (earlier ( Middle English) as tumefaction): from French tuméfier, from Latin tumefacere, from tumere ‘to swell’.
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