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protrusion

[proh-troo-zhuh n, pruh-] /proʊˈtru ʒən, prə-/
noun
1.
the act of protruding or the state of being protruded.
2.
something that protrudes or projects.
Origin of protrusion
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin prōtrūs(us) (past participle of prōtrūdere to protrude) + -ion
Related forms
nonprotrusion, noun
Synonyms
2. jut, projection, bulge, protuberance.
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Examples from the Web for protrusion
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  • The surgeon will reduce the protrusion under ether, or operate.

  • His hands roamed over it, feeling every protrusion or irregularity.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • No sign, however, save the protrusion of the tongue, is positive.

    The Horse's Mouth Edward Mayhew
  • The polype is remarkable for the protrusion and contractile power of its lips.

    Glaucus Charles Kingsley
  • This first protrusion of that fact caused a painful confusion in his mind.

    Kipps H. G. Wells
  • Varieties differ in protrusion of pistil beyond the stamen column.

    The Tomato Paul Work
  • Presently she was aware of a protrusion from the window beneath hers.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • Exophthalmia in animals born of parents in which an injury to the restiform body had produced that protrusion of the eyeball.

  • The humidity, however, was in some ways only a secondary result of the protrusion of high mountain ranges.

British Dictionary definitions for protrusion

protrusion

/prəˈtruːʒən/
noun
1.
something that protrudes
2.
the state or condition of being protruded
3.
the act or process of protruding
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Word Origin and History for protrusion
n.

1640s, from French protrusion, noun of action from past participle stem of Latin protrudere "to push out" (see protrude), or from a similar formation in English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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protrusion in Medicine

protrusion pro·tru·sion (prō-trōō'zhən)
n.

  1. The act of protruding.

  2. The state of being protruded.

  3. A position of the mandible forward from centric relation.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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