polyp

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noun pol·yp \ˈpä-ləp\

Definition of polyp

  1. 1 :  a coelenterate (such as a coral) that has typically a hollow cylindrical body closed and attached at one end and opening at the other by a central mouth surrounded by tentacles armed with nematocysts

  2. 2 :  a growth projecting from a mucous membrane (as of the colon or vocal cords)

polypoid

play \-lə-ˌpȯid\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of polyp

French polype octopus, nasal polyp, from Old French polipe, from Latin polypus, from Greek polypous, from poly- + pous foot — more at foot


First Known Use: 1742


POLYP Defined for English Language Learners

polyp

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noun pol·yp \ˈpä-ləp\

Definition of polyp for English Language Learners

  • medical : a small lump that grows inside your body (such as inside your colon or on your vocal cords)

  • : a small sea animal (such as a coral) that has a body shaped like a tube


POLYP Defined for Kids

polyp

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noun pol·yp \ˈpä-ləp\

Definition of polyp for Students

  1. :  a small sea animal (as a coral) having a tubelike body closed and attached to something (as a rock) at one end and opening at the other with a mouth surrounded by tentacles


Medical Dictionary

polyp

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noun pol·yp \ˈpäl-əp\

Medical Definition of polyp

  1. :  a projecting mass of swollen and hypertrophied or tumorous membrane (as in the nasal cavity or the intestine)—called also polypus


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