Root Word of the Day: TUMESCENT

tumescent (adj) – swelling or swollen; overblown, pompous, or pretentious
BREAKDOWN: TUM- (to swell) + -ESCE (action or process) + -ENT (inclined to)
tumescence is swelling or a swollen body part or organ


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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