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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?

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.
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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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