excrescence [eks kres′əns, ikskres′əns]
[ME < OFr < L excrescentia, excrescences < excrescere, to grow out < ex-, out + crescere, to grow: see CRESCENT]
1. Now Rare a normal outgrowth; natural appendage, as a fingernail
2. an abnormal or disfiguring outgrowth or addition, as a bunion

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  • Excrescence — is something that is an outgrowth of something else. Depending on the subject matter, this may or may not be something abnormal and/or disfiguring. * Excrescence (phonology) is the epenthesis of a consonant. * In medicine and physiology, an… …   Wikipedia

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  • Excrescence — Ex*cres cence . [F. excrescence, excroissanse, L. excrescentia excrescences, neut. pl. of p. pr. of excrescere. See {Excrescent}.] An excrescent appendage, as, a wart or tumor; anything growing out unnaturally from anything else; a preternatural… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • excrescence — index outgrowth Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • excrescence — early 15c., action of growing out, from L. excrescentia (pl.) abnormal growths, from excrescentem (nom. excrescens), prp. of excrescere grow out, grow up, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + crescere to grow (see CRESCENT (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • excrescence — ► NOUN 1) an abnormal outgrowth on a body or plant. 2) an unattractive addition or feature. ORIGIN Latin excrescentia, from excrescere grow out …   English terms dictionary

  • excrescence — [[t]ɪkskre̱s(ə)ns[/t]] excrescences N COUNT: usu with supp, oft N on n (disapproval) If you describe something such as a building, addition, or development as an excrescence, you strongly disapprove of it because you think it is unnecessary, bad …   English dictionary

  • excrescence — noun 1) an excrescence on his leg Syn: growth, lump, swelling, nodule, outgrowth 2) the new buildings were an excrescence Syn: eyesore, blot on the landscape, monstrosity …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • excrescence — UK [ɪkˈskres(ə)ns] / US noun [countable] Word forms excrescence : singular excrescence plural excrescences very formal a part that has been added to something and looks ugly …   English dictionary

  • excrescence — Any outgrowth from a surface. [L. ex cresco, pp. cretus, to grow forth] Lambl excrescences small pointed projections from the edges of the aortic cusps of unknown significance. * * * ex·cres·cence ik skres ən(t)s n an outgrowth or enlargement: as …   Medical dictionary

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