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excrescent

[ik-skres-uh nt] /ɪkˈskrɛs ənt/
adjective
1.
growing abnormally out of something else; superfluous.
2.
Phonetics. (of a speech sound) inserted or added as a result of articulatory interaction or impetus, as the t- sound in sense (sents) or against (from Middle English ageynes), without grammatical or historical justification; intrusive; parasitic.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin excrēscent- (stem of excrēscēns), present participle of excrēscere to grow out. See ex-1, crescent
Related forms
excrescently, adverb
superexcrescent, adjective
superexcrescently, adverb
unexcrescent, adjective
unexcrescently, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for un excrescent

excrescent

/ɪkˈskrɛsənt/
adjective
1.
denoting, relating to, or resembling an abnormal outgrowth
2.
uselessly added; not essential; superfluous
3.
denoting or relating to a speech sound or letter inserted into a word without etymological justification, such as the b in nimble
Derived Forms
excrescently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin excrēscēns, from excrēscere, from crēscere to grow
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Word Origin and History for un excrescent

excrescent

adj.

mid-15c., from Latin excrescentem (nominative excrescens), present participle of excrescere (see excrescence).

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un excrescent in Medicine

excrescent ex·cres·cent (ĭk-skrěs'ənt)
adj.
Growing out abnormally, excessively, or superfluously.

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