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The abstruse medical terminology for state of having a hard-on or a boner.
When I went to the doctor, he asked me if I had trouble achieving tumescence. I looked at him puzzled, and he said... "or in more common language, umm... can you get it up?"
by Adel7 December 08, 2007
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The process of erection in a man, whereby his penis gets stiffer and larger, and sometimes points away from the body at an angle.

Adjective form: "tumescent."

After sexual outlet, the reverse process is called "detumescence" (see listing).

"It was a pretty normal tumescence, but it took longer than usual."

"Maybe you've been having too much sex. Or it's just a consequence of getting older."

by al-in-chgo March 13, 2010
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Chronic arousal without sexual fulfillment, to the point where one feels irritable, cranky, and not at all sexual or horny. A state of being unaware or unwilling to admit that a good dose of healthy gratifying sex would have one feel so much better.
Her extended visit certainly increased the overall tumescence in the household.
by shortstrokes July 10, 2013
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