pol·​yp | \ ˈpä-ləp How to pronounce polyp (audio) \

Definition of polyp

1 : the sessile form of cnidarian (such as a coral or sea anemone) typically having 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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Other Words from polyp

polypoid \ ˈpä-​lə-​ˌpȯid How to pronounce polyp (audio) \ adjective

Examples of polyp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In return, the microorganisms provide most of the polyp’s food. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "In surprising sign of resilience, some corals can survive long heat waves," 8 Dec. 2020 Fauci mentioned the possibility of having a polyp on his vocal cords while speaking at the Economic Club of Washington in April. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Fauci undergoes surgery to remove polyp from vocal cord," 20 Aug. 2020 Two-a-days had just started; a doctor found a polyp in Johnson’s nasal passage. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Setbacks and pain: Marcus Johnson's long journey to making an impact with Colts," 29 Oct. 2020 The doctor seemed confident the polyp wasn’t anything to worry about. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Setbacks and pain: Marcus Johnson's long journey to making an impact with Colts," 29 Oct. 2020 The 25th Amendment was first used for a temporary disability when Reagan underwent surgery at Bethesda Naval Medical Center to remove a cancerous polyp in his large intestine in 1985. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "What happens if Trump's COVID gets worse? Line of succession and transfer of power explained," 2 Oct. 2020 Fauci, 79, underwent surgery Thursday to have a polyp removed from a vocal chord and is recovering at home. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Trump goes on the offensive against Biden over pandemic handling," 20 Aug. 2020 Sometimes an electric current is used with the wire, depending on the size of the polyp. Ginny Graves, Health.com, "What Is a Colonoscopy? From Prep to Recovery, Everything you Need to Know About the Procedure," 31 Aug. 2020 Anthony Fauci, the leading U.S. infectious disease expert, returned to work at the offices of the National Institutes of Health on Monday morning after recovering from surgery to remove a polyp from his vocal cord. Bloomberg.com, "Sun Belt Eases; FDA Chief Addresses Plasma Error: Virus Update," 29 Aug. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyp. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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


pol·​yp | \ ˈpä-ləp How to pronounce polyp (audio) \

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


pol·​yp | \ ˈpäl-əp How to pronounce polyp (audio) \

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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