engorgement

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engorgement

 [en-gorj´ment]
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.

en·gorge·ment

(en-gōrj'ment),
Distention with fluid or other material.
See also: congestion, hyperemia.

engorgement

/en·gorge·ment/ (en-gorj´ment)
1. local congestion; distention with fluids.

engorgement

[engôrj′mənt]
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.

engorgement

The process of filling with blood, as occurs in the penis during an erection or the clitoris during arousal.

en·gorge·ment

(en-gōrj'mĕnt)
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]

engorgement

distention.

carbohydrate engorgement
equine wheat engorgement
vascular engorgement
local congestion; distention with fluids; hyperemia.