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1. transient abnormal enlargement of a body part or area not due to cell proliferation; see also edema. Called also tumefaction, tumescence, and turgescence.
cloudy swelling a term formerly used for an early stage of toxic degeneration of protein constituents of organs in infectious diseases, when the tissues appear swollen and opaque but revert to normal when the cause is removed.


1. An enlargement (for example, a protuberance or tumor).
See also: edema.
2. In embryology, a primordial elevation that develops into a fold, ridge, or prominence.
See also: edema.
3. Loosely used to describe the gross anatomic result of the inflammatory process, as in the swelling of glands or fractured extremities.
See also: edema.


1. The state of being swollen.
2. Something swollen, especially an abnormally swollen body part or area.


1. An enlargement, e.g., a protuberance or tumor.
2. embryology A primordial elevation that develops into a fold, ridge, prominence, or process.


Loosely used to describe the gross anatomic result of the inflammatory process.

Patient discussion about swelling

Q. How can we avoid swelling in the legs?

A. it really depends what the cause is- there are 219 different causes, not all of them have the same treatment..you will have to be more specific.
here is a site that helps me a lot, maybe you'll find it useful :)

Q. What Causes ankle Swelling? My son woke up this morning with a red, swollen ankle. What could cause this situation?

A. A swollen and red ankle suggest either a traumatic injury to the joint or an infection in the joint, adjacent tissues or bones. This is an emergency and it is important to consult a doctor as soon as possible, especially if the joint loses its ability to perform movements in all directions.

Q. can flights cause swelling of the legs? is it normal? is it dangerous? i took a flight from London to N.Y.C a week ago and my ankles looked like two red blimps afterwards and it was painful walking on them later.

A. i think that you got acquainted with my old friend-"Economy class syndrome".. i got it while flying to Australia. this is not normal- this is what happens when a clot of blood forms in your veins (usually legs) and stops blood flow back to the heart. if you already have problems with blood coagulation - your Dr. should have told you to be careful while flying. if not- you got an early call and should check it out. CNN did a story on that, i found you a link:

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"Bringing Ground Swell into the Ancero family is a bit of a homecoming for us.
In compounding, different types and amounts of fillers such as carbon black and silica have a definite effect on the rheology of the compound by occluding the rubber with the colloidal particles of filler, encapsulating the available rubber which affects the compounds' die swell and other rheological properties (refs.
It can be seen in Figure 3 that the initial water content has a significant effect on the magnitude of the vertical swell of the tested soil.
If the parison swells a little too much, the pinch travels down to the sidewall.
Last January, 31-year-old Peter Mel became one of just four surfers to master the massive swells some cresting at 50 feet and ripping at 40 miles per hour!
In Canadian Standard 0437.0-93 for oriented strandboard (OSB) and wafer-board, the maximum thickness swell, as measured by a 24-hour water submersion method, is 15 percent for panels that are 12.7 mm thick or less and 10 percent for panels greater than 12.7 mm.
Swell investors can no longer make deposits or open accounts; existing investments and positions will be closed out, with the proceeds sent to customers via ACH or check, according to Swell.
Christina Burton says the numbing cream used before the PS75 at-home procedure caused her lips to swell 'out of control', her throat start to close and caused her difficulties breathing.