or cor·pu·len·cy

[kawr-pyuh-luh ns or kawr-pyuh-luh n-see]


bulkiness or largeness of body; fatness; portliness.

Origin of corpulence

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word corpulentia. See corpulent, -ence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for corpulence

overweight, fatness, plumpness, portliness

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Word Origin and History for corpulence

late 15c. "body size" (either large or small, with adjective), from Old French corpulence (14c.) "corpulence; physical size, build," from Latin corpulentia "grossness of body," noun of quality from corpulentus (see corpulent). Restriction to "bulkiness, obesity" began late 16c. Related: Corpulency.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

corpulence in Medicine




The condition of being excessively fat; obesity.
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