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callus

noun cal·lus \ ˈka-ləs \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

Definition of callus

1 : a thickening of or a hard thickened area on skin or bark
2 : a mass of exudate and connective tissue that forms around a break in a bone and is converted into bone in healing
3 : soft tissue that forms over a wounded or cut plant surface

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Origin and Etymology of callus

Latin


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callus

verb

Definition of callus

: to form callus
: to cause callus to form on

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First Known Use of callus

1824

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CALLUS Defined for English Language Learners

callus

Definition of callus for English Language Learners

  • : a hard and thickened area on the skin and especially on the hands or feet


CALLUS Defined for Kids

callus

noun cal·lus \ ˈka-ləs \

Definition of callus for Students

plural calluses
: a hard thickened area on the skin and especially on the hands and feet

Medical Dictionary

callus

noun cal·lus \ ˈkal-əs \

medical Definition of callus

1 : a thickening of or a hard thickened area on skin
2 : a mass of exudate and connective tissue that forms around a break in a bone and is converted into bone in the healing of the break


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