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 (kə-rŭng′kəl, kăr′ŭng′-)
1. Biology A fleshy naked outgrowth, such as a fowl's wattles.
2. Botany An outgrowth or appendage at or near the hilum of certain seeds, as of the castor-oil plant.

[Obsolete French caruncule, from Latin caruncula, diminutive of carō, flesh; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

ca·run′cu·lar (-kyə-lər) adj.
ca·run′cu·late (-lĭt, -lāt′), ca·run′cu·lat′ed (-lā′tĭd) adj.
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Adj.1.caruncular - resembling a caruncle
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The conjunctivae were hyperemic, and chemosis and caruncular edema were apparent in the right eye.
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3 Ophthalmic manifestations of Carney's complex are eyelid lentigines, conjunctival or caruncular pigmentation and eyelid myxoma.
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Se han descrito, asimismo, incisiones cutaneas directas en region caruncular con o sin desinsercion del musculo recto interno para el abordaje de lesiones en la cara medial de la orbita.