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Webster 1913 Edition


Congestion

Con-ges′tion

(?; 106)
,
Noun.
[L.
congestio
: cf. F.
congestion
.]
1.
The act of gathering into a heap or mass; accumulation.
[Obs.]
The
congestion
of dead bodies one upon another.
Evelyn.
2.
(Med.)
Overfullness of the capillary and other blood vessels, etc., in any locality or organ (often producing other morbid symptoms); local hyperæmia, active or passive;
as, arterial
congestion
; venous
congestion
;
congestion
of the lungs
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Congestion

CONGESTION

,
Noun.
[L.] A collection of humors in an animal body, hardened into a tumor. An accumulation of blood in a part.

Definition 2022


congestion

congestion

See also: congestión

English

Noun

congestion (countable and uncountable, plural congestions)

  1. The hindrance or blockage of the passage of something, for example a fluid, mixture, traffic, people, etc. (due to an excess of this or due to a partial or complete obstruction), resulting in overfilling or overcrowding.
    1. An accumulation or buildup, the act of gathering into a heap or mass.
    2. An excess of traffic; usually not a complete standstill of traffic, so usually not synonymous with traffic jam.
    3. (medicine) Overfullness of the capillary and other blood vessels, etc., in any locality or organ (often producing other morbid symptoms); local hypermic, active or passive; as, arterial congestion; venous congestion; congestion of the lungs.
    4. (medicine) An excess of mucus or fluid in the respiratory system; congestion of the lungs, or nasal congestion.

Derived terms

  • congestion charge or congestion pricing

Translations

External links

  • congestion in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913