excrescence


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ex·cres·cence

 (ĭk-skrĕs′əns)
n.
1. An outgrowth or enlargement, especially an abnormal one, such as a wart.
2. A usually unwanted or unnecessary accretion: "Independent agencies were an excrescence on the Constitution" (Los Angeles Times).

[Middle English, from Latin excrēscentia, from neuter pl. of excrēscēns, excrēscent-, present participle of excrēscere, to grow out : ex-, ex- + crēscere, to grow; see ker- in Indo-European roots.]

excrescence

(ɪkˈskrɛsəns)
n
(Pathology) a projection or protuberance, esp an outgrowth from an organ or part of the body
excrescential adj

ex•cres•cence

(ɪkˈskrɛs əns)

n.
1. an abnormal outgrowth, usu. harmless, on an animal or vegetable body.
2. any disfiguring addition.
3. abnormal growth or increase.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin]

excrescence

1. a normal outgrowth of the body, as hair, fingernails.
2. an abnormal outgrowth, as a corn, wart, etc. — excrescent, adj.
See also: Body, Human
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Noun1.excrescence - something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundingsexcrescence - something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings; "the gun in his pocket made an obvious bulge"; "the hump of a camel"; "he stood on the rocky prominence"; "the occipital protuberance was well developed"; "the bony excrescence between its horns"
frontal eminence - either prominence of the frontal bone above each orbit
occipital protuberance - prominence on the outer surface of the occipital bone
belly - a part that bulges deeply; "the belly of a sail"
caput - a headlike protuberance on an organ or structure; "the caput humeri is the head of the humerus which fits into a cavity in the scapula"
mogul - a bump on a ski slope
nub, nubble - a small lump or protuberance
snag - a sharp protuberance
wart - any small rounded protuberance (as on certain plants or animals)
projection - any solid convex shape that juts out from something
2.excrescence - (pathology) an abnormal outgrowth or enlargement of some part of the body
appendage, outgrowth, process - a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant; "a bony process"
vegetation - an abnormal growth or excrescence (especially a warty excrescence on the valves of the heart)
pathology - the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases
growth - (pathology) an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as in a tumor)

excrescence

noun
1. protrusion, lump, projection, prominence, knob, blot, outgrowth, protuberance The annexe is an architectural excrescence.
2. (Medical) swelling, growth, lump, tumour, wart soft excrescences which are attached to the arterial walls
Translations

excrescence

[ɪksˈkresns] Nexcrecencia f

excrescence

nGewächs nt, → Auswuchs m (also fig)

excrescence

[ɪksˈkrɛsns] n (frm) → escrescenza

ex·cres·cence

n. excrecencia, tumor saliente en la superficie de un órgano o parte.
References in classic literature ?
asked a red-faced gentleman with a pendulous excrescence on the end of his nose, that shook like the gills of a turkey-cock.
I don't mind going if a lunch is provided,' observed the gentleman with the excrescence on his nose.
For, it inscrutably appeared to stand to reason, in the minds of the whole company, that I was an excrescence on the entertainment.
It is true that several of the States, separately, are encumbered with considerable debts, which are an excrescence of the late war.
Toward the middle of the platform the longboat, half buried in the hull of the vessel, formed a slight excrescence.
A roof, Richard contended, was a part of the edifice that the ancients always endeavored to conceal, it being an excrescence in architecture that was only to be tolerated on account of its usefulness.
I am a preposterous excrescence on the social cosmos,' said Clarence, eyeing him doubtfully.
He says it with such a pitiable air, and his grimy tears appear so real, and he lies in the corner up against the hoarding so like a growth of fungus or any unwholesome excrescence produced there in neglect and impurity, that Allan Woodcourt is softened towards him.
While we stood looking, a wart, or an excrescence of some kind, appeared on the jaw of the Sphynx.
If it were thus,--as there comes in all human society a moment when the sacred symbol is worn out and becomes obliterated under freedom of thought, when man escapes from the priest, when the excrescence of philosophies and systems devour the face of religion,--architecture could not reproduce this new state of human thought; its leaves, so crowded on the face, would be empty on the back; its work would be mutilated; its book would he incomplete.
One only he saw,--a sleek gray fellow, flattened against a gray dead limb so that he seemed a part of it, a woody excrescence upon the wood itself.
Crisparkle had need of her own share of philanthropy when she beheld this very large and very loud excrescence on the little party.