excrescent

[ ik-skres-uhnt ]
/ ɪkˈskrɛs ənt /

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.

QUIZZES

WHO SAID IT: A QUIZ ON PRESIDENTIAL WIT AND WISDOM

Think you know your presidents? Take this quiz and see if you can match the style, wit, and ideology of these memorable lines to the right POTUS.
Question 1 of 9
“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

Origin of excrescent

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

OTHER WORDS FROM excrescent

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for excrescent

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
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

Medical definitions for excrescent

excrescent
[ ĭk-skrĕsənt ]

adj.

Growing out abnormally, excessively, or superfluously.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.