Definition of tumescent in English:

tumescent

Syllabification: tu·mes·cent
Pronunciation: /t(y)o͞oˈmesənt
 
/

adjective

1Swollen or becoming swollen, especially as a response to sexual arousal.
2(Especially of language or literary style) pompous or pretentious; tumid: his prose is tumescent, full of orotund language

Origin

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

Derivatives

tumescence

noun

tumescently

adverb

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