In`tu*mes"cence (?), n. [Cf. F. intumescence.]

1.

The act or process of swelling or enlarging; also, the state of being swollen; expansion; tumidity; especially, the swelling up of bodies under the action of heat.

The intumescence of nations. Johnson.

2.

Anything swollen or enlarged, as a tumor.

 

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