polyp

noun
pol·yp | \ ˈpä-ləp \

Definition of polyp 

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

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polypoid \ˈpä-lə-ˌpȯid \ adjective

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For 30 long years Hank’s wife and partner Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) has been lost in the quantum realm, which resembles a polyp-ridden aquarium; daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) yearns for her, as does Hank. Michael Phillips, kansascity, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’: With Paul Rudd, here’s one infestation we can get behind," 5 July 2018 For 30 long years Hank’s wife and partner Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) has been lost in the quantum realm, which resembles a polyp-ridden aquarium; daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) yearns for her, as does Hank. Michael Phillips, kansascity, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’: With Paul Rudd, here’s one infestation we can get behind," 5 July 2018 For 30 long years Hank’s wife and partner Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) has been lost in the quantum realm, which resembles a polyp-ridden aquarium; daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) yearns for her, as does Hank. Michael Phillips, kansascity, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’: With Paul Rudd, here’s one infestation we can get behind," 5 July 2018 For 30 long years Hank’s wife and partner Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) has been lost in the quantum realm, which resembles a polyp-ridden aquarium; daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) yearns for her, as does Hank. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' review: Here's one infestation we can get behind," 27 June 2018 Populations at high risk of colorectal cancer include African-Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Americans, and anyone with a family or personal history of rectal polyps. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "Colon and rectal cancer screenings should now start at age 45, new guideline says," 30 May 2018 In June 1998, when doctors removed a benign polyp from outfielder Bobby Bonilla’s large intestine, Lasorda advocated for promoting Beltre. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "To Dodgers, Adrian Beltre is the Hall of Famer who got away," 12 June 2018 The same protection does not exist for Medicare beneficiaries, who will owe money if a polyp is removed during their colonoscopy. Sarah Gantz, Philly.com, "Patient beware: Insurance covers colonoscopies in full - except when it doesn't," 20 Apr. 2018 Coral colonies are made up of soft-bodied animals called polyps, which (with the help of symbiotic algae) secrete thin layers of the mineral calcium carbonate. Elizabeth Svoboda, Scientific American, "Cores from Coral Reefs Hold Secrets of the Seas’ Past and Future," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of polyp

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for polyp

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

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polyp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of polyp

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

noun
pol·yp | \ ˈpä-ləp \

Kids Definition of polyp

: 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

polyp

noun
pol·yp | \ ˈpäl-əp \

Medical Definition of polyp 

: 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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