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protuberance

[proh-too-ber-uh ns, -tyoo-, pruh-] /proʊˈtu bər əns, -ˈtyu-, prə-/
noun
1.
the condition, state, or quality of being protuberant.
2.
a protuberant part or thing; projection or bulge.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; protuber(ant) + -ance
Related forms
protuberantial
[proh-too-buh-ran-shuh l, -tyoo-] /proʊˌtu bəˈræn ʃəl, -ˌtyu-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonprotuberance, noun
Synonyms
2. protrusion, swelling.
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Examples for protuberances
  • Fish marked down the unusual protuberances for future research.
  • The ends must have solid protuberances in there that are holding them apart.
  • Blackened protuberances on dorsum of fourth and eighth abdominal segments.
  • Remove or flatten all nails and other sharp protuberances, to prevent injury.
  • They also have distinct protuberances on their head and chin.
Word Origin and History for protuberances

protuberance

n.

1640s, from Late Latin protuberantem (nominative protuberans), present participle of protuberare "to swell, bulge, grow forth," from Latin pro- "forward" (see pro-) + tuber "lump, swelling" (see tuber).

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protuberances in Medicine

protuberance pro·tu·ber·ance (prō-tōō'bər-əns, -tyōō'-, prə-)
n.

  1. Something, such as a bulge, knob, or swelling, that protrudes.

  2. The condition of being protuberant.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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