Definition of swelling in English:


Syllabification: swell·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈsweliNG


  • 1An abnormal enlargement of a part of the body, typically as a result of an accumulation of fluid.
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    • An aneurysm is an abnormal swelling or bulge in the wall of a blood vessel such as an artery.
    • Pregnancy may cause a localised swelling of the gingival papillae, which may bleed or ulcerate.
    • Fungal infections of the scalp can cause kerions pus filled inflammatory swellings that may look like bacterial abscesses.
    bump, lump, bulge, protuberance, enlargement, distension, prominence, protrusion, node, nodule, tumescence; boil, blister, bunion, carbuncle
  • 1.1A natural rounded protuberance: the lobes are prominent swellings on the base of the brain

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