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1. Growing out abnormally, excessively, or superfluously.
2. Linguistics Of or relating to epenthesis; epenthetic.
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1. (Pathology) denoting, relating to, or resembling an abnormal outgrowth
2. uselessly added; not essential; superfluous
3. (Phonetics & Phonology) denoting or relating to a speech sound or letter inserted into a word without etymological justification, such as the b in nimble
[C17: from Latin excrēscēns, from excrēscere, from crēscere to grow]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. growing abnormally out of something else; superfluous.
2. (of a speech sound) inserted or added as a result of articulatory interaction or impetus, as the t-sound in sense (sents); intrusive; parasitic.
[1600–10; < Latin excrēscent-, s. of excrēscēns, present participle of excrēscere to grow out]
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|Adj.||1.||excrescent - forming an outgrowth (usually an excessive outgrowth)|
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