caruncle

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noun car·un·cle \ ˈker-ˌəŋ-kəl , ˈka-ˌrəŋ- , kə-ˈrəŋ- \

Definition of caruncle

1 :a naked fleshy outgrowth (such as a bird's wattle)
2 :an outgrowth on a seed adjacent to the micropyle (see micropyle 1)

Origin and Etymology of caruncle

obsolete French caruncule, from Latin caruncula little piece of flesh, diminutive of caro flesh — more at carnal


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caruncle

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noun car·un·cle \ ˈkar-əŋ-kəl , kə-ˈrəŋ- \

medical Definition of caruncle

:a small fleshy growth; specifically :a reddish growth situated at the urethral meatus in women and causing pain and bleeding — see lacrimal caruncle

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