- appendage, as, a wart or tumor; anything
growing out unnaturally from anything else; a preternatural
or morbid development; hence, a troublesome superfluity; an
incumbrance; as, an excrescence on the body, or on a plant.
``Excrescences of joy.'' --Jer. Taylor.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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Excrescence — is something that is an outgrowth of something else. Depending on the subject matter, this may or may not be something abnormal and/or disfiguring. * Excrescence (phonology) is the epenthesis of a consonant. * In medicine and physiology, an… … Wikipedia
excrescence — Excrescence. s. f. Superfluité de chair qui s engendre en quelques parties du corps de l animal. Il luy est venu une excrescence dont on a bien eu de la peine à le guerir. excrescence de chair. la loupe est une excrescence … Dictionnaire de l'Académie française
excrescence — index outgrowth Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
excrescence — early 15c., action of growing out, from L. excrescentia (pl.) abnormal growths, from excrescentem (nom. excrescens), prp. of excrescere grow out, grow up, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + crescere to grow (see CRESCENT (Cf … Etymology dictionary
excrescence — ► NOUN 1) an abnormal outgrowth on a body or plant. 2) an unattractive addition or feature. ORIGIN Latin excrescentia, from excrescere grow out … English terms dictionary
excrescence — [eks kres′əns, ikskres′əns] n. [ME < OFr < L excrescentia, excrescences < excrescere, to grow out < ex , out + crescere, to grow: see CRESCENT] 1. Now Rare a normal outgrowth; natural appendage, as a fingernail 2. an abnormal or… … English World dictionary
excrescence — [[t]ɪkskre̱s(ə)ns[/t]] excrescences N COUNT: usu with supp, oft N on n (disapproval) If you describe something such as a building, addition, or development as an excrescence, you strongly disapprove of it because you think it is unnecessary, bad … English dictionary
excrescence — noun 1) an excrescence on his leg Syn: growth, lump, swelling, nodule, outgrowth 2) the new buildings were an excrescence Syn: eyesore, blot on the landscape, monstrosity … Thesaurus of popular words
excrescence — UK [ɪkˈskres(ə)ns] / US noun [countable] Word forms excrescence : singular excrescence plural excrescences very formal a part that has been added to something and looks ugly … English dictionary
excrescence — Any outgrowth from a surface. [L. ex cresco, pp. cretus, to grow forth] Lambl excrescences small pointed projections from the edges of the aortic cusps of unknown significance. * * * ex·cres·cence ik skres ən(t)s n an outgrowth or enlargement: as … Medical dictionary