• WordNet 3.6
    • n tumefaction the process of tumefying; the organic process whereby tissue becomes swollen by the accumulation of fluid within it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tumefaction The act or process of tumefying, swelling, or rising into a tumor; a tumor; a swelling.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tumefaction The act or process of swelling or rising into a tumor; also, the condition of being tumefied or swollen.
    • n tumefaction That which is tumefied or swollen; a tumid part; a tumor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tumefaction tumour: swelling
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. tuméfaction,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tumefacĕretumēre, to swell, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

About the seventh year she suffered tumefaction of the abdomen and thought she had conceived again.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
The livid tumefaction spread over the leg, with blisters here and there, whence there oozed a black liquid.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
There was much swelling and tumefaction of the whole organ, which seemed to be very rebellious to all treatment.
"History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present" by Peter Charles Remondino
There may be so much tumefaction of the nostrils as to produce difficulty in breathing.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
On the third day all tumefaction had subsided and there was no complaint whatever.
"An Essay on the Application of the Lunar Caustic in the Cure of Certain Wounds and Ulcers" by John Higginbottom
Polypus of the nose, tumefaction of lungs, lymphatics, liver, kidneys, uterus, and even the brain itself.
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
The livid tumefaction spread over the leg, with blisters here and there, whence oozed a black liquid.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
Eruption covering the face, vesicular on a deep red ground with some tumefaction; rising vesicular on the limbs with scarlet bases.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
A microscopic examination of the juices from the tumefaction will show the blackleg bacillus.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Inflammation, for example, is characterized by tumefaction, turgescence of the tissues, and redness.
"The Mechanism of Life" by Stéphane Leduc
Most of the tumefaction is, however, due to extension of the inflammation to the connective tissue of the neck.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
My brain is a tumefaction.
"The Journal of a Disappointed Man" by Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion