callus

1 of 2

noun

cal·​lus ˈka-ləs How to pronounce callus (audio)
1
: a thickening of or a hard thickened area on skin or bark
2
: a mass of exudate and connective tissue that forms around a break in a bone and is converted into bone in healing
3
: soft tissue that forms over a wounded or cut plant surface

callus

2 of 2

verb

callused; callusing; calluses

intransitive verb

: to form callus

transitive verb

: to cause callus to form on

Examples of callus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The best critics maintain sensitivity, avoiding calluses, like a safecracker sanding down his fingertips. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 Blisters and calluses are battle wounds, but in some cases, a cobbler can help. Erika Veurink, Vogue, 22 Dec. 2023 Around 70% of dogs develop paw pad calluses, especially in active breeds. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Nov. 2023 Yes, many paw balms are formulated to address issues like calluses and rough paw pads. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Nov. 2023 Norman Powell, one Clippers veteran who has developed calluses from hearing his name in trade talks throughout his career, said accepting a player’s lack of control over their career path is one of few ways to cope with speculation. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2023 Grab a tub of warm water and melt the foot pain away using this soak that softens heels and eradicates calluses. Emily Shiffer, Women's Health, 9 Sep. 2023 With Tagovailoa, who has never lost to the Patriots, and Aaron Rodgers up the next two weeks and Dak Prescott, Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, and Patrick Mahomes all scheduled, the Patriots need to develop a high-quality QB callus. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2023 See below for the best callus removers in 2023, as well as tips on how to prevent calluses from showing up on your feet in the first place. Zoë Hecht, womenshealthmag.com, 5 May 2023
Verb
The best to hope for is that the tree will callus over the wounded area. oregonlive, 18 June 2023 This handy product is made with natural and organic ingredients, including beeswax and shea butter, to provide a soothing moisturizer for not only dry noses and paw pads but also rough elbows and callused areas. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 21 May 2023 And for added comfort, these sneakers come with a removable anatomical insole, which helps support the arch and cushion the foot, protecting the metatarsal and heels by reducing pain, callus build-up, and pressure, says Dr. Yau. April Benshosan, Health, 5 May 2023 His arms and face were tanned from perpetually toiling in the sun, his fingers callused. Selene Rivera, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2023 The Malin + Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub is an intensive exfoliator and callus remover that's become another one of Dr. Nazarian's favorite treatments for soft feet. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 13 Mar. 2023 After cutting it, allow the cutting to callus over. Evan Hecht, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2022 Allow for the leaf to callus over before planting, similar to using cuttings. Evan Hecht, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2022 If the patches are dry and callused, the fruits should store okay in your basement. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, 26 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Latin

First Known Use

Noun

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1824, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of callus was in 1563

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Cite this Entry

“Callus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/callus. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

callus

1 of 2 noun
cal·​lus ˈkal-əs How to pronounce callus (audio)
plural calluses
1
: a hard thickened area on skin or bark
2
: a mass of tissue that forms around a break in a bone and is changed into bone in the healing of the break
3
: tissue that forms over an injured plant surface

callus

2 of 2 verb
: to form callus

Medical Definition

callus

noun
cal·​lus ˈkal-əs How to pronounce callus (audio)
1
: a thickening of or a hard thickened area on skin
2
: a mass of exudate and connective tissue that forms around a break in a bone and is converted into bone in the healing of the break
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