polyp

noun
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 polypoid (audio) \ adjective

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If your dizziness is a result of AUB, your doctor will first try to figure out the cause of the excessive bleeding — these can range from a polyp, to an ovarian cyst, to a hormonal imbalance. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "Here's Why You Might Experience Dizziness During Your Period — and Why You Shouldn't Ignore It," 16 Aug. 2019 Most people experience at most a passing bout of coldlike symptoms from these irritants, but about 12 percent of the population has a severe reaction that persists all year and results in uncomfortable polyps or growths. Quanta Magazine, "Stem Cells Remember Tissues’ Past Injuries," 12 Nov. 2018 Emtora scientists found that a novel, targeted formulation of rapamycine decreased the occurrence of polyps in mice. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Texas’ cancer-fighting agency invests millions in San Antonio research," 30 Aug. 2019 Jellyfish begin their lives much like their cousins, as sessile polyps anchored to the seafloor, scrounging for food in the passing currents. Quanta Magazine, "Jellyfish Genome Hints That Complexity Isn’t Genetically Complex," 8 Jan. 2019 This jet forces out oxygen that accumulates in the middle of the polyp (thanks to its resident symbionts, photosynthetic algae called zooxanthellae). Scientific American, "Nanomachines, Jellyfish Hugs and Hurricane Dorian From Space: The Week's Best Science GIFs," 30 Aug. 2019 That tradition teaches that all of life originally sprang forth from coral polyps, Kosaki said -- not altogether different from what evolution teaches. Ryan Prior, CNN, "A hurricane in 2018 obliterated one of Hawaii's most beautiful reefs," 28 Aug. 2019 Abnormal polyps can take 10 to 15 years to develop into colon cancer, and some adenomas found with screening may never become cancerous or prove fatal. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Men: Want lower risk of colorectal cancer? Eat yogurt," 3 July 2019 Secondary dysmenorrhea can be caused by uterine fibroids, cysts, or polyps. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "Having Cramps After Your Period Isn't 'Normal'," 25 June 2019

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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 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

polyp

noun
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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