Definition of tumefy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtjuːmɪfʌɪ/

verb (tumefies, tumefying, tumefied)

[no object]
Become swollen: (as adjective tumefied) the tumefied face, the swollen and blackened eyes and lips
More example sentences
  • Her abdomen was swollen, her six breasts had tumefied and turned pink, poking through her fur, sometimes leaking droplets of milk.
  • The vacuum cup creates suction causing the surface tissue to tumefy or bulge into the cup.
  • The cup is drained of air and applied to specific areas of the body causing the skin to tumefy, or swell.



Pronunciation: /tjuːmɪˈfakʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • For 2 years, this tumefaction slowly enlarged.
  • Doctors look for skin disease, serious disability, anthropathy, lymph problems, struma tumefaction and icterus.
  • Examination revealed a tumefaction, draining a whitish secretion from the scar of the biopsy.


Pronunciation: /-ˈfeɪʃ(ə)nt/


Late 16th century (earlier (Middle English) as tumefaction): from French tuméfier, from Latin tumefacere, from tumere 'to swell'.

Words that rhyme with tumefy


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Line breaks: tu¦mefy

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