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Definition of swelling noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the condition of being larger or rounder than normal (= of being swollen ) Use ice to reduce the swelling.
  2. 2[countable] a place on your body that has become larger or rounder than normal as the result of an illness or injury The fall left her with a painful swelling above her eye.
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