Excrescence meaning

ĭk-skrĕs'əns
An outgrowth or enlargement, especially an abnormal one, such as a wart.
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A usually unwanted or unnecessary accretion.
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A normal outgrowth; natural appendage, as a fingernail.
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An abnormal or disfiguring outgrowth or addition, as a bunion.
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An outgrowth or enlargement, especially an abnormal one, such as a wart.
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Something, usually abnormal, which grows out of something else.
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A disfiguring or unwanted mark or adjunct.
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(phonetics) Epenthesis of a consonant, e.g., warmth as [ˈwɔrmpθ] (adding a [p] between [m] and [θ]), or -t.
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Origin of excrescence

  • Middle English from Latin excrēscentia from neuter pl. of excrēscēns excrēscent- present participle of excrēscere to grow out ex- ex- crēscere to grow ker-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English, early 15th century, in sense “(action of) growing out (of something else)”. From Latin excrescentia (“abnormal growths”), from excrescentem, from excrēscere, from ex- (“out”) (English ex-) + crēscere (“to grow”) (English crescent). Sense of “abnormal growth” from 1570s, from earlier excrescency (1540s in this sense).
    From Wiktionary