[ ik-skres-uhns ]
/ ɪkˈskrɛs əns /
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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.



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Origin of excrescence

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word excrēscentia.See excrescent, -ence

OTHER WORDS FROM excrescence

su·per·ex·cres·cence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for excrescence

/ (ɪkˈskrɛsəns) /


a projection or protuberance, esp an outgrowth from an organ or part of the body

Derived forms of excrescence

excrescential (ˌɛkskrɪˈsɛnʃəl), adjective
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Medical definitions for excrescence

[ ĭk-skrĕsəns ]


An outgrowth from a surface that may be normal, such as a fingernail, or abnormal, such as a wart.
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