caruncle

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

Definition of caruncle

  1. 1 :  a naked fleshy outgrowth (as a bird's wattle)

  2. 2 :  an outgrowth on a seed adjacent to the micropyle

Origin and Etymology of caruncle

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


First Known Use: 1615


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caruncle

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

Medical Definition of caruncle

  1. :  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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