polyp

noun pol·yp \ ˈpä-ləp \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

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)

polypoid

play \ˈpä-lə-ˌpȯid\ adjective

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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


POLYP Defined for English Language Learners

polyp

noun

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

noun pol·yp \ ˈpä-ləp \

Definition of polyp for Students

: 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

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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