excrescence[eks kres′əns, iks-]
- Now Rare a normal outgrowth; natural appendage, as a fingernail
- an abnormal or disfiguring outgrowth or addition, as a bunion
Origin: ME < OFr < L excrescentia, excrescences < excrescere, to grow out < ex-, out + crescere, to grow: see crescent
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- An outgrowth or enlargement, especially an abnormal one, such as a wart.
- A usually unwanted or unnecessary accretion: “Independent agencies were an excrescence on the Constitution” (Los Angeles Times).
Origin: Middle English, from Latin excrēscentia, from neuter pl. of excrēscēns, excrēscent-, present participle of excrēscere, to grow out : ex-, ex- + crēscere, to grow; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots.
excrescence - Medical Definition