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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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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
n.

early 15c., "action of growing out," from Latin excrescentia (plural) "abnormal growths," from excrescentem (nominative excrescens), present participle of excrescere "grow out, grow up," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + crescere "to grow" (see crescent). Meaning "that which grows out abnormally (on a living thing) is from 1570s (excrescency in this sense is 1540s).

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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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