Tumescence

Leg swelling or leg tumescence

Leg swelling or leg tumescence in a child’s leg
Image by Rajakumar, D., Rosenberg, A. (CC BY 2.0)

The term tumescence refers to any swelling of a structure or organ, but most commonly refers to the swelling of the penis during an erection (penile tumescence).

It comes from the Latin word for “beginning to swell”, tumescere.

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