Root Word of the Day: INTUMESCE

intumesce (verb) – to swell or enlarge abnormally; to bubble up
BREAKDOWN: IN- (in) + TUM- (swell) + -ESCE (action or process)
intumescence is the process of swelling up or the state of being swollen; a swollen mass (also tumefaction)


This word is built on the root TUM-, which means to swell or to be proud.
Common TUM- words include tomb and tumor.
More esoteric TUM- words include contumely, tumefacient, and tumulous.

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