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excrescent

[ ik-skres-uhnt ]
/ ɪkˈskrɛs ənt /
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adjective
growing abnormally out of something else; superfluous.
Phonetics. (of a speech sound) inserted or added as a result of articulatory interaction or impetus, as the t-sound in sense (sents) or against (from Middle English ageynes), without grammatical or historical justification; intrusive; parasitic.
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Origin of excrescent

1600–10; <Latin excrēscent- (stem of excrēscēns), present participle of excrēscere to grow out. See ex-1, crescent

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British Dictionary definitions for excrescent

excrescent
/ (ɪkˈskrɛsənt) /

adjective
denoting, relating to, or resembling an abnormal outgrowth
uselessly added; not essential; superfluous
denoting or relating to a speech sound or letter inserted into a word without etymological justification, such as the b in nimble

Derived forms of excrescent

excrescently, adverb

Word Origin for excrescent

C17: from Latin excrēscēns, from excrēscere, from crēscere to grow
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