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
Recent Examples of callus from the Web
After a hydrating, callus-blasting pedicure and thorough buff job to reverse winter’s harsh-and-dry effects, what better way to celebrate than by adding a pair of festive, weekend-ready sandals to your warm weather ensemble?
As a whole, my feet are much softer and the calluses are all gone.
The best way to kick calluses is with a foot file (like Tweezerman's Step-Two-It Foot File, $12, sephora.com).
But emotional calluses have always been a fear of mine.
With up to 20 hours a week devoted to training and blisters turned to calluses, by the end of the season about half the men have dropped away.
Doing so will ensure callus-free feet with a baby-skin-soft, supple texture, making your polished toes all the more immaculate.
Footsie Soft — A gripped foot scraper that can seemingly remove foot calluses quickly.
The maturity of Gray can be measured by the calluses on his heart.
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Origin and Etymology of callus
First Known Use: 1563See Words from the same year
Definition of callus
: to form callus
: to cause callus to form on
First Known Use of callus
CALLUS Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of callus for Students
: a hard thickened area on the skin and especially on the hands and feet
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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