protuberance

[ proh-too-ber-uhns, -tyoo-, pruh- ]
/ proʊˈtu bər əns, -ˈtyu-, prə- /

noun

the condition, state, or quality of being protuberant.
a protuberant part or thing; projection or bulge.

Nearby words

  1. protrusile,
  2. protrusion,
  3. protrusive,
  4. protrusive occlusion,
  5. protrusively,
  6. protuberancy,
  7. protuberant,
  8. protuberant abdomen,
  9. protuberantly,
  10. protuberate

Origin of protuberance

First recorded in 1640–50; protuber(ant) + -ance

Related formspro·tu·ber·an·tial [proh-too-buh-ran-shuhl, -tyoo-] /proʊˌtu bəˈræn ʃəl, -ˌtyu-/, adjectivenon·pro·tu·ber·ance, noun

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Word Origin and History for protuberance

protuberance

n.

1640s, from Late Latin protuberantem (nominative protuberans), present participle of protuberare "to swell, bulge, grow forth," from Latin pro- "forward" (see pro-) + tuber "lump, swelling" (see tuber).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for protuberance

protuberance

[ prō-tōōbər-əns ]

n.

Something, such as a bulge, knob, or swelling, that protrudes.
The condition of being protuberant.

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