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1. distention of a body part or organ with blood or other fluids.
breast engorgement swelling of the breast due to an increase in blood and lymph supply as a precursor to lactation.
1. local congestion; distention with fluids.
Etymology: Fr, engorger, to fill up
distension or vascular congestion of body tissues, such as the swelling of breast tissue caused by an increased flow of blood and lymph before true lactation.
engorgementThe process of filling with blood, as occurs in the penis during an erection or the clitoris during arousal.
obstetrics Swelling of breasts and local congestion of lymph and blood vessels associated with lactation. Engorgement is relieved by nursing the infant.
[O.Fr. engorgier, to devour greedily]
equine wheat engorgement
local congestion; distention with fluids; hyperemia.