an ear that has been deformed by repeated injury, resulting in an irregular thickening of scar tissue.
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Origin of cauliflower ear
An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for cauliflower ear
permanent swelling and distortion of the external ear as the result of ruptures of the blood vessels: usually caused by blows received in boxingAlso called: boxer's ear Technical name: aural haematoma
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Medicine definitions for cauliflower ear
[ kô′lĭ-flou′ər ]
An ear that is swollen, hardened, and deformed from extravasation of blood following repeated blows.
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