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

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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.

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concerned about the weird excrescence that seemed to be developing on his hand local residents regard the hulking apartment building as a hideous excrescence on their once-lovely street

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Various external forces coincided to make Kuma’s flirtation with monumental excrescences an abortive one. Nikil Saval, New York Times, "Kengo Kuma’s Architecture of the Future," 15 Feb. 2018 His evidence comes not only from obscure and difficult literary testimonia but from tree rings, ice cores and speleothems (excrescences found in caves from which ancient humidity levels can be deduced). James Romm, WSJ, "Review: Rome’s Cosmic Retribution," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of excrescence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

Other Words from excrescence

excrescent \ik-​ˈskres-​ᵊnt \ adjective

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