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tumescent Syllabification: tu·mes·cent
Pronunciation: /t(y)o͞oˈmes(ə)nt/

Definition of tumescent in English:


1Swollen or becoming swollen, especially as a response to sexual arousal.
Example sentences
  • Hollywood may still balk at showing a penis, never mind a slightly tumescent one, but it also has developed a fascination with the pornographic.
  • I remember those tumescent years all too well, where the pursuit of sex occupies 99 per cent of the waking teenage boy's existence.
  • As eroded, recumbent lion and tumescent abstract form, it possesses both an innate power and a poignant impotence.
2(Especially of language or literary style) pompous or pretentious; tumid: his prose is tumescent, full of orotund language


Pronunciation: /t(y)o͞oˈmesns/
Example sentences
  • Although ejaculation typically occurs after penile tumescence is achieved, the ejaculatory process is distinct from and largely independent of the erection process.
  • The surgeon uses a larger volume of tumescence than used during the first stage of tumescence.
  • Nocturnal penile tumescence was reduced in all cases.
Example sentences
  • An inflatable stealth bomber droops its nose tumescently over the edge of a sculpture pedestal.
  • An inflatable stealth bomber droops its nose tumescently over the edge of a sculpture pedestal.
  • When people think about sex, the word ‘naked’ often springs tumescently to mind.


Mid 19th century: from Latin tumescent- 'beginning to swell', from the verb tumescere, from tumere 'to swell'.

Words that rhyme with tumescent

acquiescent, adolescent, albescent, Besant, coalescent, confessant, convalescent, crescent, depressant, effervescent, erubescent, evanescent, excrescent, flavescent, fluorescent, immunosuppressant, incandescent, incessant, iridescent, juvenescent, lactescent, liquescent, luminescent, nigrescent, obsolescent, opalescent, pearlescent, phosphorescent, pubescent, putrescent, quiescent, suppressant, turgescent, virescent, viridescent
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