tumescence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tumescence tumidity resulting from the presence of blood or other fluid in the tissues
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tumescence The act of becoming tumid; the state of being swollen; intumescence; -- applied especially to the state of swelling of the vascular tissue in the male and female sex organs when they have been stimulated to readiness for sexual intercourse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tumescence The state of growing tumid; tumefaction.
    • n tumescence A swelling, tumid part, or tumor; an intumescence.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tumescens, -entis, p.pr. of tumescere, to swell up, v. incho. fr. tumere, to swell

Usage

In literature:

To Bloom: the problems of irritability, tumescence, rigidity, reactivity, dimension, sanitariness, pilosity.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
There is the period of tumescence, and the ecbole constituting the detumescence.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
In man the process of tumescence and detumescence is simple.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
In so far, however, as they are aids to tumescence they must be regarded as coming within the range of normal variation.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Detumescence is normally linked closely to tumescence.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Tumescent: a little swollen or puffed up.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
There are some, like Dick, that sport but one tumescence.
"The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb" by Charles Lamb
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In poetry:

At night the imagination walks like a ghoul
Among the stone lozenges and counterpanes of turf
Tumescent under cypresses; the long, rueful call
Of the owl soars high and then wheels back to earth.
"An Old Lament Renewed" by Vernon Scannell

In news:

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