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[noh-dohs, noh-dohs]
  1. having nodes.
  2. full of knots; knotty.
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Also no·dous [noh-duh s] /ˈnoʊ dəs/.

Origin of nodose

1715–25; < Latin nōdōsus full of knots, knotty, equivalent to nōd(us) node + -ōsus -ose1
Related formsno·dos·i·ty [noh-dos-i-tee] /noʊˈdɒs ɪ ti/, nounmul·ti·no·dous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for nodosity

Historical Examples

  • Technically, the first swelling on the young tender rootlets of the vine is called a nodosity.

    Manual of American Grape-Growing

    U. P. Hedrick

  • When the nodosity begins to decay and becomes of a cancerous nature, it is called a tuberosity.

British Dictionary definitions for nodosity


nodous (ˈnəʊdəs)

  1. having nodes or knotlike swellingsnodose stems
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Derived Formsnodosity (nəʊˈdɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin

C18: from Latin nōdōsus knotty
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

nodosity in Medicine


  1. Having many nodes or knotlike swellings.
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Related formsno•dosi•ty (-dŏsĭ-tē) n.
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