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protuberance

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

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

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Origin of protuberance

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

OTHER WORDS FROM protuberance

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