adjective ex·cres·cent \ik-ˈskre-sənt, ek-\

Definition of excrescent

  1. 1 :  forming an abnormal, excessive, or useless outgrowth

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or constituting epenthesis



Origin and Etymology of excrescent

Latin excrescent-, excrescens, present participle of excrescere to grow out, from ex- + crescere to grow — more at crescent

First Known Use: 1633

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