from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An outgrowth or enlargement, especially an abnormal one, such as a wart.
- n. A usually unwanted or unnecessary accretion: "Independent agencies were an excrescence on the Constitution” ( Los Angeles Times).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something, usually abnormal, which grows out of something else.
- n. A disfiguring or unwanted mark or adjunct
- n. epenthesis of a consonant
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An excrescent appendage, as, a wart or tumor; anything growing out unnaturally from anything else; a preternatural or morbid development; hence, a troublesome superfluity; an incumbrance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abnormal superficial growth or appendage, as a wart or tubercle; anything which grows unnaturally, and without organic use, out of something else, as nutgalls; hence, a superfluity; a disfiguring addition.
- n. Figuratively, an extravagant or excessive outbreak: as, “excrescences of joy,”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings
- n. (pathology) an abnormal outgrowth or enlargement of some part of the body
Middle English, from Latin excrēscentia, from neuter pl. of excrēscēns, excrēscent-, present participle of excrēscere, to grow out : ex-, ex- + crēscere, to grow; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)