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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. A swelling. Synonym(s): tumentia
2. Synonym(s): tumescence
[see tumefacient]
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(to͞o′mə-făk′shən, tyo͞o′-)
a. The act or process of puffing or swelling.
b. A swollen condition.
2. A puffy or swollen part.

tu′me·fac′tive (-tĭv) adj.
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1. A swelling.
2. Synonym(s): tumescence.
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Patient discussion about tumefaction

Q. How can we avoid swelling in the legs?

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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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Although considered a benign tumefaction, ALHE/HE has been associated with various lymphoproliferative conditions, supporting the contention made by some that ALHE/ EH, in some cases, may represent a monoclonal T-cell process.
Late in the play, when the colonel appears to have been mortally wounded in his duel with the captain, the surgeon enters with a mouthful of delightful jargon of the kind, though not the amplitude, spoken by Chapman's Pock: chilis, cava vena, oesophag, syncope, tumefaction, calaphena, opponax; 'the wound, I can assure you, inclines to paralism, and I find his body cacochymic (4.2.27-27).
An eighteen-year-old patient showed up in consultation with a tumefaction at the lower right cheek.
A soft tissue oval tumefaction of the anterior side of the neck was present on clinical examination.
A subsequent MRI displayed unchanged swelling of the right piriformis, obturator internus, and sciatic nerve (Figures 1 and 2) but new tumefaction of gluteus medius and minimus on the same side.
Mycetoma is characterized by the triad of tumefaction of affected tissue, multiple discharging sinuses, and the presence of oozing granules.
L'examen physique a indique la presence d'une varicocele gauche et d'une tumefaction medio-testiculaire droite dure, reguliere, ovalaire, indolore et non inflammatoire.
Clinical examination showed a body mass index <15, multiple small adenopathies (<10 mm), small papulous skin eruptions, and an inflammatory 15-mm-wide tumefaction on the upper arm, evoking an adenopathy on ultrasound investigation.
For instance, he expressed, if the [inflammatory] tumefaction goes on regularly increasing, the sympathies of other parts of the body are strongly excited, ...." (4) (p32) He ascribed shivering" to a concentration of vital powers in body organs and putrefaction" to the abandonment of the vital condition from the solids of the body.
SUMMARY: The presence of a ganglion-like tumefaction is reported in the mediastinal course of the right vagus nerve at T1 level in a cadaver in the Universidad Industrial de Santander's morphology laboratory.
Once hypercalcemia was treated, a neck ultrasound revealed the presence of a nonhomogeneous tumefaction involving the left inferior parathyroid gland, while the other glands were normal in size and trophism.