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18:42 May 27, 2003
Italian to English translations [PRO] Medical
Italian term or phrase:rigonfiamento imbibitivo
Talking about loss of moisture from the horny layer of the skin: "Nello strato corneo l’acqua non è libera di circolare, ma appare come imprigionata all’interno delle cellule cheratiniche, di cui determina il **rigonfiamento imbibitivo**."
I can't find a single occurence of these two words together in this order using Google. I'm tempted by swelling, but imbibitivo has me stumped for a plausible term.
Thanks everyone. In the end I decided verbis was right; with "water" mentioned repeatedly in this and preceding sentences, simply 'swelling' worked fine.
Thanks for all the help,
Amy 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
Explanation: Another wild guess but what about just using "imbibition"?
The swelling of polysaccharide gums and cellulose when they are hydrated is a good example of imbibition, the remarkable process by which water molecules move into a porous, colloidal material and cause it to swell.
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... Imbibition occurs when water moves into a substance (due to capillary action)
and that substance swells. ... Some fibrous proteins are keratin and coragen. ... www.ptpleasantbch.k12.nj.us/bridge/apbio/ BiochemistryUnit/BiochemNotes.html - 67k
Explanation: This phrase seems to occur more in the context of plants but I don't see why it shouldn't be applied to animal tissue.
The OED provides these definitions: Soaking or saturation with liquid, steeping or solution in liquid; combination of solid and liquid by this process; an instance of this; drinking in, sucking in, absorption; assimilation by absorption: usually of moisture or matter in solution, but sometimes of aeriform bodies or of solid particles by a liquid.
and two of the following examples, the third being from Google:
Imbibitional swelling of plants and colloidal mixtures.
Very strong imbibitional forces may be developed within the plant even when the cell walls and protoplasm contain considerable water.
Preliminary trials with each seed source indicated that the existence of a hard seed coat prevented imbibitional swelling in the presence of adequate water.