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detumescence

 [de″too-mes´ens]
the subsidence of congestion and swelling.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

de·tu·mes·cence

(dē'tū-mes'ents),
Subsidence of a swelling.
[L. de, from, + tumesco, to swell up, fr. tumeo, to swell]
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detumescence

(dē′to͞o-mĕs′əns, -tyo͞o-)
n.
Reduction or lessening of a swelling, especially of a swollen organ or part.

de′tu·mes′cent adj.
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de·tu·mes·cence

(dē'tū-mes'ĕns)
Subsidence of a swelling.
[L. de, from, + tumesco, to swell up, fr. tumeo, to swell]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

detumescence

A return to normal, from a swollen state, of an organ or part, especially the penis.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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Another concerns Anglo-American relations: "Instrumentally, the Anglo-American relationship became an end in itself, a matter of self-congratulation, a totem of virility in a detumescent time" (18).
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Judith Bernstein's Union Jack-Off on Vietnam Policy, 1967, for example, may not have stopped the war, nor did the New York-based artist presumably imagine otherwise, but given the ferocity of her gestures and grotesquely evocative encrustations of paint--phalluses emerging, keloid-like, from the fat striped red-and-gray ground; bunched-up stockings; collage; American flags; and a detumescent segment that hangs from the base of the panel to lie flaccidly on the floor--one cannot help but respond or admit to complicity.