excrescence[eks kres′əns, iks-]
excrescence definition by Webster's New World
- Now Rare a normal outgrowth; natural appendage, as a fingernail
- an abnormal or disfiguring outgrowth or addition, as a bunion
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin excrescentia, excrescences ; from excrescere, to grow out ; from ex-, out plush crescere, to grow: see crescent
excrescence definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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