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Pronunciation:  `intû'mesuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the swelling of certain substances when they are heated (often accompanied by release of water)
  2. [n]  swelling up with blood or other fluids (as with congestion)

INTUMESCENCE is a 12 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: intumescency, intumescency, swelling
 See Also: chemical action, chemical change, chemical process, haematoma, hematoma, lump, puffiness, swelling



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In`tu*mes"cence\, n. [Cf. F. intumescence.]
1. The act or process of swelling or enlarging; also, the
   state of being swollen; expansion; tumidity; especially,
   the swelling up of bodies under the action of heat.

         The intumescence of nations.          --Johnson.

2. Anything swollen or enlarged, as a tumor.

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