Definitions of swelling
  1. noun
    something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings
    synonyms: bulge, bump, excrescence, extrusion, gibbosity, gibbousness, hump, jut, prominence, protrusion, protuberance
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    frontal eminence
    either prominence of the frontal bone above each orbit
    occipital protuberance
    prominence on the outer surface of the occipital bone
    a part that bulges deeply
    a headlike protuberance on an organ or structure
    a bump on a ski slope
    nub, nubble
    a small lump or protuberance
    a sharp protuberance
    any small rounded protuberance (as on certain plants or animals)
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    any solid convex shape that juts out from something
  2. noun
    an abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement
    synonyms: lump, puffiness
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    a swelling on the epididymis or the testis; usually contains spermatozoa
    swelling of the rumen or intestinal tract of domestic animals caused by excessive gas
    a painful swelling of the bursa of the first joint of the big toe
    dropsy, edema, hydrops, oedema
    swelling from excessive accumulation of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavities
    haematocele, haematocoele, hematocele, hematocoele
    swelling caused by blood collecting in a body cavity (especially a swelling of the membrane covering the testis)
    intumescence, intumescency
    swelling up with blood or other fluids (as with congestion)
    swelling of the iris of the eye
    swelling of a lymph node
    oscheocele, oscheocoele
    swelling of the scrotum
    tumidity, tumidness
    slight swelling of an organ or part
    Quincke's edema, angioedema, atrophedema, giant hives, periodic edema
    recurrent large circumscribed areas of subcutaneous edema; onset is sudden and it disappears within 24 hours; seen mainly in young women, often as an allergic reaction to food or drugs
    swelling (usually in the legs) caused by lymph accumulating in the tissues in the affected areas
    a skin disease marked by hard edema of the tissue usually beginning in the face
    cystoid macular edema
    a specific pattern of swelling in the central retina
    generalized edema with accumulation of serum in subcutaneous connective tissue
    edema of the mucous membrane of the eyeball and eyelid lining
    swelling of the optic disc (where the optic nerve enters the eyeball); usually associated with an increase in intraocular pressure
    brain edema, cerebral edema
    swelling of the brain due to the uptake of water in the neuropile and white matter
    tumidity resulting from the presence of blood or other fluid in the tissues
    haematoma, hematoma
    a localized swelling filled with blood
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    (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
    the state of being enlarged
  3. noun
    the increase in volume of certain substances when they are heated (often accompanied by release of water)
    synonyms: intumescence, intumescency
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    chemical action, chemical change, chemical process
    (chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved
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