cauliflower ear


: an ear deformed from injury and excessive growth of reparative tissue

Examples of cauliflower ear in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cauliflower ear was in 1904

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“Cauliflower ear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

cauliflower ear

cau·​li·​flow·​er ear ˌkȯ-li-ˌflau̇(-ə)r-, ˌkäl-i- How to pronounce cauliflower ear (audio)
: an ear deformed from injury and excessive growth of reparative tissue

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