excrescent

adjective
ex·​cres·​cent | \ ik-ˈskre-sᵊnt How to pronounce excrescent (audio) , ek- \

Definition of excrescent

1 : forming an abnormal, excessive, or useless outgrowth
2 : of, relating to, or constituting epenthesis

Other Words from excrescent

excrescently adverb

First Known Use of excrescent

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for excrescent

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

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“Excrescent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excrescent. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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