- forming an excrescence; growing abnormally; superfluous
- Phonet. designating or of an epenthetic sound or letter in a word
Origin of excrescentMiddle English from Classical Latin excrescens, present participle of excrescere
- Growing out abnormally, excessively, or superfluously.
- Linguistics Of or relating to epenthesis; epenthetic.
- Something growing, usually abnormally, out of something else.
- (phonetics) A sound in a word without etymological reason.
- "B" in "nimble" is an excrescent.
(comparative more excrescent, superlative most excrescent)
- Growing out in an abnormal or morbid manner or as a superfluity.
From Latin excrēscēns, present participle of excrēscō.