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excrescence

[ik-skres-uh ns] /ɪkˈskrɛs əns/
noun
1.
an abnormal outgrowth, usually harmless, on an animal or vegetable body.
2.
a normal outgrowth, as hair or horns.
3.
any disfiguring addition.
4.
abnormal growth or increase.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin excrēscentia. See excrescent, -ence
Related forms
superexcrescence, noun
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  • We do not yet know the motives for this excrescence.
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excrescence

/ɪkˈskrɛsəns/
noun
1.
a projection or protuberance, esp an outgrowth from an organ or part of the body
Derived Forms
excrescential (ˌɛkskrɪˈsɛnʃəl) adjective
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Word Origin and History for excrescence
excrescence
1533, from L. excrescentia (pl.) "abnormal growths," from excrescentem (nom. excrescens), prp. of excrescere "grow out," from ex- "out" + crescere "to grow" (see crescent).
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excrescence in Medicine

excrescence ex·cres·cence (ĭk-skrěs'əns)
n.
An outgrowth from a surface that may be normal, such as a fingernail, or abnormal, such as a wart.

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