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)

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from polyp

polypoid \ ˈpä-​lə-​ˌpȯid \ adjective

Examples of polyp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 According to the American Cancer Society, beginning at age 50, men and women should be screened for tests that find polyps and cancer. Christina Boufis, Woman's Day, "You're 50: Do You Know How Your Colon Is?," 20 July 2011 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 The cells in the polyp can eventually become cancerous if left to grow. St. Elizabeth, Cincinnati.com, "Colorectal Cancer Awareness," 30 Mar. 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, 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'polyp.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about polyp

Statistics for polyp

Last Updated

15 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for polyp

The first known use of polyp was in 1742

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for polyp

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on polyp

See words that rhyme with polyp

Britannica English: Translation of polyp for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about polyp

Comments on polyp

What made you want to look up polyp? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a private place of worship

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!