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Pronunciation: swel'ing


  1. An enlargement (a protuberance or tumor).
  2. In embryology, a primordial elevation that develops into a fold, ridge, or prominence.
  3. Loosely used to describe the gross anatomic result of the inflammatory process, as in the swelling of glands or fractured extremities.

See Also: edema

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