excrescence

noun ex·cres·cence \ ik-ˈskre-sᵊn(t)s , ek- \

Definition of excrescence

1 :a projection or outgrowth especially when abnormal
  • warty excrescences in the colon
2 :a disfiguring, extraneous, or unwanted mark or part :blot
3 :by-product 2

Examples of excrescence in a Sentence

  1. concerned about the weird excrescence that seemed to be developing on his hand

  2. local residents regard the hulking apartment building as a hideous excrescence on their once-lovely street

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Warts and pimples are common excrescences that can usually be wiped out with medication; other excrescences such as cysts and tumors need to be removed surgically. Mushrooms are the excrescences of underground fungus networks. Some people consider slang words to be vulgar excrescences on the English language, but others consider slang the most colorful vocabulary of all.

First Known Use of excrescence

15th century


Medical Dictionary

excrescence

noun ex·cres·cence \ ik-ˈskres-ᵊn(t)s \

medical Definition of excrescence

:an outgrowth or enlargement: as
a :a natural and normal appendage or development
  • hair is an excrescence from the scalp
b :an abnormal outgrowth
  • warty excrescences in the colon

excrescent

play \ik-ˈskres-ᵊnt\ adjective

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