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1. Growing out abnormally, excessively, or superfluously.
2. Linguistics Of or relating to epenthesis; epenthetic.

ex·cres′cent·ly adv.
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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]
exˈcrescently adv
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(ɪkˈskrɛs ənt)

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]
ex•cres′cent•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.excrescent - forming an outgrowth (usually an excessive outgrowth)
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References in classic literature ?
Out of this lifeless mass has already grown an excrescent power, which tends to realize all the dangers that can be apprehended from a defective construction of the supreme government of the Union.
("Deceit" outputs from an ingeniously creative reading by John of my 1977 text "What Lingers On (, when the Song is Ended".) But I think this is another excrescent virtualizing device, a symptom of the core recognition/cognition problem: is identity contingent on identification?
The basic tenet was that the servicing of the building should be part of and contribute to the design of the building rather than comprising excrescent accessories that detract from it.
Doran's staging was elegantly uncluttered with excessive movement or excrescent business.
For example, in Bugau [mandok] 'roast (chicken)' but [manok] 'chicken'; whereas in Mualang [manok] 'roast (a chicken)', without the phonetic realization of the stop/d/, contrasts with [mano[eta]k] 'chicken' marked by the presence of nasalization and an excrescent nasal consonant before final k.
Even more than Wells, Disch stresses the total indifference of the aliens to the monuments of human civilization, excrescent 'artifacts' they are capable of wiping away as casually as a farmer uproots weeds; as one character bitterly muses:
There's an additional gripe, that the very details that make a building come alive for the casual visitor - the historical connections, the people who lived there, its use and contents - are matters of excrescent irrelevance to Pevsner.
Oddity is no part of solid artistic development; however beautiful or impressive, it is rather an excrescent outgrowth, bound to prove abortive, and at the same time to sap life from the parent stock which without it might grow more loftily and strongly.
Yet in fact that Latin phrase, its own reflexivity foiled by an excrescent "n," manifests in Horse Latitudes a problem with language that is also a problem in war and in love: embeddedness.