Definition of tumefy in English:


Line breaks: tu¦mefy
Pronunciation: /ˈtjuːmɪfʌɪ

verb (tumefies, tumefying, tumefied)

[no object]
  • Become swollen: (as adjective tumefied) the tumefied face, the swollen and blackened eyes and lips
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    • 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: /-ˈfakʃ(ə)n/
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  • 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.


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

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