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callus

[kal-uh s]
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noun, plural cal·lus·es.
  1. Pathology, Physiology.
    1. a hardened or thickened part of the skin; a callosity.
    2. a new growth of osseous matter at the ends of a fractured bone, serving to unite them.
  2. Also callose. Botany.
    1. the tissue that forms over the wounds of plants, protecting the inner tissues and causing healing.
    2. a deposit on the perforated area of a sieve tube.
    3. (in grasses) a tough swelling at the base of a lemma or palea.
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verb (used without object), cal·lused, cal·lus·ing.
  1. to form a callus.
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verb (used with object), cal·lused, cal·lus·ing.
  1. to produce a callus or calluses on: Heavy work callused his hands.
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Origin of callus

1555–65; < Latin callus, masculine variant of callum; see callous
Related formsun·cal·lused, adjective
Can be confusedcallous callus
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  • Let's have another look at his hand, to see if there are any calluses.

    The Professor at the Breakfast Table

    Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)

  • I accepted the calluses as of long time and a matter of course.

  • But if we give it up, the calluses disappear; and if we meddle with it again, we miss the novelty and get the blisters.

  • But then he took her hand and felt its fine warmth, the calluses he remembered from all those months ago, and he felt better.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for calluses

callus

noun plural -luses
  1. Also called: callosity an area of skin that is hard or thick, esp on the palm of the hand or sole of the foot, as from continual friction or pressure
  2. an area of bony tissue formed during the healing of a fractured bone
  3. botany
    1. a mass of hard protective tissue produced in woody plants at the site of an injury
    2. an accumulation of callose in the sieve tubes
  4. biotechnology a mass of undifferentiated cells produced as the first stage in tissue culture
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verb
  1. to produce or cause to produce a callus
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin, variant of callum hardened skin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for calluses

callus

n.

"hardened skin," 1560s, from Latin callus, variant of callum "hard skin," related to callere "be hard," from PIE root *kal- "hard" (cf. Sanskrit kalika "bud," Old Irish calath "hard," Old Church Slavonic kaliti "to cool, harden").

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

calluses in Medicine

callus

(kăləs)
n. pl. cal•lus•es
  1. callosity
  2. The hard bony tissue that develops around the ends of a fractured bone during healing.

calluses in Science

callus

[kăləs]