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Tumefy \Tu"me*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tumefied; p. pr. & vb. n. Tumefying.] [F. tum['e]fier, fr. L. tumere to swell + -ficare (in comp.) to make; cf. L. tumefacere to tumefy. See Tumid, and -fy.] To swell; to cause to swell, or puff up.

To swell, tumefy, stiffen, not the diction only, but the tenor of the thought.
--De Quincey.


Tumefy \Tu"me*fy\, v. i. To rise in a tumor; to swell.


vb. to cause to swell

  1. v. cause to become very swollen

  2. expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling" [syn: swell, swell up, intumesce, tumesce]

  3. [also: tumefied]

Usage examples of "tumefy".

The scrotum was tumefied, and to the touch gave the sensation of a human breast, and the parts were pigmented similar to an engorged breast.