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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


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.
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1. The state of being swollen.
2. Something swollen, especially an abnormally swollen body part or area.
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1. An enlargement, e.g., a protuberance or tumor.
2. embryology A primordial elevation that develops into a fold, ridge, prominence, or process.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


Loosely used to describe the gross anatomic result of the inflammatory process.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

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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Mr Newlove's wife Helen said after the verdicts that she was "absolutely disgusted" that Swellings had been released on bail.
Swellings, who was wearing a black suit jacket and white shirt, was found guilty of murder by a majority of 10 to two.
'It wasn't really painful at all, the swellings are so big that it stretches the skin severely, so it feels very tight.
Nunn, a biologist at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville who has studied primate swellings, deems the new findings "an exciting result." But he says he remains puzzled that only the length of the swellings correlates with females' reproductive success.
"In our study the more attractive females with big swellings incited greater male competition and it is known that fights in baboons are potentially lethal."
Dermoid cysts in the floor of the mouth can appear in two different ways, depending on their relationship to the mylohyoid muscle; cysts superior to this muscle are seen as intraoral swelling, while those inferior to it manifest as swelling in the midline of the neck.[7]
Commonest symptoms were intermittent episodes of localized migratory skin swelling, with edema of variable size, slightly reddish, feverish at times, accompanied by stabbing pain, burning sensation and pruritus.
It may also alert us to the probabilities of malignant versus benign nature of neck swellings.
As a crosslinker, it is a typical choice as it promotes the swelling capacity of the polymers due to its bifunctionality (23) and high solubility in water and organic solvents (24).
A painless swelling in the groin, which goes down into the scrotum.
The smaller swellings occasionally occur on either side of the surface of the hock joint at the junction of the tibial tarsal and fibular tarsal bones.
Patients and Methods: Three hundred and fifty patients with swellings in the jaws reporting to AFID were included in this study.