Definitions of intumesce
  1. verb
    expand abnormally
    synonyms: swell, swell up, tumefy, tumesce
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    swell from or as if from internal pressure
    belly, belly out
    swell out or bulge out
    blow up, puff, puff out, puff up
    to swell or cause to enlarge, "Her faced puffed up from the drugs"
    become bloated or swollen or puff up
    blister, vesicate
    get blistered
    type of:
    become larger in size or volume or quantity
  2. verb
    move upwards in bubbles, as from the effect of heating; also used metaphorically
    synonyms: bubble up
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    come up, rise, rise up, surface
    come to the surface
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