Definition of swelling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsweliNG/


1An abnormal enlargement of a part of the body, typically as a result of an accumulation of fluid.
Example sentences
  • 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

Words that rhyme with swelling

dwelling, misspelling, self-propelling, spelling, telling, upwelling

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Syllabification: swell·ing

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