• (noun): An outgrowth or enlargement, especially an abnormal one, such as a wart.
  • (noun): A usually unwanted or unnecessary accretion: "Independent agencies were an excrescence on the Constitution” ( Los Angeles Times).

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  • (noun): (pathology) an abnormal outgrowth or enlargement of some part of the body
  • (noun): something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings; "the gun in his pocket made an obvious bulge"; "the hump of a camel"; "he stood on the rocky prominence"; "the occipital protuberance was well developed"; "the bony excrescence between its horns"

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Excrescence may refer to:

Excrescence (phonology), the addition of a consonant to a word
In medicine and physiology, an outgrowth, especially of this skin, such as occurs in carnosity
Excrescence (architecture), an outgrowth of the main body of a building that does not harmonize well with the main body

Example Sentences

  • Let us also note that the lower pole expands into the umbilical excrescence, which is less easy of perforation than those parts protected by the skin alone.

  • During the first year he has no horns, but a horny excrescence, which is short and rough, and covered with a thin hairy skin.

  • Directly across Tremont Street from the corner where I stood was the entrance to the Old Burying Ground, which occupies a kind of excrescence of land off Boston Common-that is, the area is attached but not a part of the Common proper.

  • In Sussex, the peculiar excrescence which is often found on the

  • Only in the north-west corner was a little place jutting out from the great wall, a kind of excrescence or loop, no doubt used in the old distrustful days for observation, where it was possible to sit really unseen, because between it and the house was a thick clump of daphne.

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