Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.


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


The condition of being or becoming tumid.
Synonym(s): tumefaction (2) , turgescence
[L. tumesco, to begin to swell]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


(to͞o-mĕs′əns, tyo͞o-)
a. A swelling or enlarging.
b. A swollen condition.
2. A swollen part or organ.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


The condition of being or becoming tumid.
Synonym(s): tumefaction (2) , turgescence.
[L. tumesco, to begin to swell]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


1. A swelling or enlarging of a part.
2. A swollen condition.
3. A penile erection.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Patient discussion about tumescence

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:

More discussions about tumescence
This content is provided by iMedix and is subject to iMedix Terms. The Questions and Answers are not endorsed or recommended and are made available by patients, not doctors.
References in periodicals archive ?
According to AUC and Max[sub](Sensitivity + Specificity), normative AVSS-RigiScan parameters (duration of erectile episodes over 60%, average event rigidity of tip, average event rigidity of base, average maximum rigidity of tip, average maximum rigidity of base, △tumescence of tip, △tumescence of base, and total tumescence time) are summarized in [Table 5].{Table 5}
By using large volumes of a dilute anesthetic solution consisting of lidocaine (0.1% or 0.05%) and epinephrine (1:1000000) in physiologic saline the tumescent technique produces swelling and firmness or tumescence of targeted fatty areas.
Therefore, the inhibition by FFD was probably due to lipoxygenase for suppression of leukotrienes synthesis, supporting that natural products were commonly to aim directly at the tumescence in phase two (Calixto et al.
Pharmacological effects on nocturnal penile tumescence. In: Bancroft J, editor.
However, limited information exists regarding the pathophysiologic basis of ED in OSAHS, in particular, regarding how intermittent nocturnal hypoxemia is likely to contribute to impaired penile tumescence by promoting endothelial dysfunction, which might be mediated by elevated levels of inflammatory markers as well as decreased levels of anti-inflammatory markers.
He occasionally experienced nocturnal tumescence but no emission.
Additionally, nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT) tests and color Doppler ultrasonography examination were performed on the patients according to the individuals' clinical conditions.
Had the fatty tumescence not been removed, it could have led to sewage flooding in homes, streets and businesses.
The author includes in this treatise on the diseases of plants a special chapter on exudation and rot, including the phenomena of tumescence, decomposition, humidity, acidification, dew, gomosis and the emergence of diverse workflows that facilitate a profuse or permanent exudation in the barks.
Patients underwent the nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT) test and the international index of erectile function questionnaire (IIEF-15) at the start of the treatment and at the end of the ten days.
(16) Durling and Martinez remark that petrifaction is an allusion to tumescence and point to the connection between the lady's hair and the Medusa (102, 196).