- an abnormal outgrowth, usually harmless, on an animal or vegetable body.
- a normal outgrowth, as hair or horns.
- any disfiguring addition.
- abnormal growth or increase.
Origin of excrescence
Examples from the Web for excrescence
Sir, that paragraph is an excrescence on the tree of our liberty.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
If one of them be perfect by itself, the other will be an excrescence.Modern Painters Volume II (of V)
It is an excrescence, not an essential garment like the shirt and breeches.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
The art is not an accomplishment, an ornament, an excrescence.Appearances
Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
In this species the casque or excrescence on the upper mandible is very slight.Birds of the Indian Hills
- a projection or protuberance, esp an outgrowth from an organ or part of the body
Word Origin and History for excrescence
early 15c., "action of growing out," from Latin excrescentia (plural) "abnormal growths," from excrescentem (nominative excrescens), present participle of excrescere "grow out, grow up," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + crescere "to grow" (see crescent). Meaning "that which grows out abnormally (on a living thing) is from 1570s (excrescency in this sense is 1540s).
- An outgrowth from a surface that may be normal, such as a fingernail, or abnormal, such as a wart.