Definitions for: Intumescence


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: intumescency, intumescency, swelling

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

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