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caruncle

[kar-uhng-kuh l, kuh-ruhng-] /ˈkær ʌŋ kəl, kəˈrʌŋ-/
noun
1.
Botany. a protuberance at or surrounding the hilum of a seed.
2.
Zoology. a fleshy excrescence, as on the head of a bird; a fowl's comb.
3.
Anatomy. a small, fleshy growth.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; earlier caruncula < Latin: small piece of flesh, diminutive of carō (genitive carnis) flesh; for suffix, see carbuncle
Related forms
caruncular
[kuh-ruhng-kyuh-ler] /kəˈrʌŋ kyə lər/ (Show IPA),
carunculous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for caruncle

caruncle

/ˈkærəŋkəl; kəˈrʌŋ-/
noun
1.
a fleshy outgrowth on the heads of certain birds, such as a cock's comb
2.
an outgrowth near the hilum on the seeds of some plants
3.
any small fleshy mass in or on the body, either natural or abnormal
Derived Forms
caruncular (kəˈrʌŋkjʊlə), carunculous, adjective
carunculate (kəˈrʌŋkjʊlɪt; -ˌleɪt), carunculated, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete French caruncule, from Latin caruncula a small piece of flesh, from carō flesh
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caruncle in Medicine

caruncle ca·run·cle (kə-rŭng'kəl, kār'ŭng'-)
n.
A fleshy, naked outgrowth.

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