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excrescence Line breaks: ex|cres|cence
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈskrɛs(ə)ns/

Definition of excrescence in English:


1A distinct outgrowth on a body or plant, resulting from disease or abnormality: the males often have a strange excrescence on the tip of the snout
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  • The polypoid areas containing dilated spaces in upper dermis mimicked lymphatic-type excrescences and were misinterpreted as lymphatic malformation in MRI and during surgery.
  • All dendrites bear large numbers of spines, small excrescences on which incoming nerve fibres terminate to form synapses.
  • The majority of their patients presented with painful ulcers; however, verrucous excrescences were also clinical presentations of oropharyngeal and laryngeal histoplasmosis.
1.1An unattractive or superfluous object or feature: the building is a sixties excrescence foisted on an otherwise flawless street
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  • Another sculpture features dozens of pointed excrescences that jut up from a round base.
  • I have yet to meet a single one who isn't sickened to his stomach by the excrescence of his pardons, and by the puerile vandalism of the White House in the last hours of the old regime.
  • All the hideous excrescences that have overgrown our modern life, the pomps and conventions and dreary solemnities, dread nothing so much as the flash of laughter which, like lightning, shrivels them up and leaves the bones bare.
eyesore, blot on the landscape, monstrosity, disfigurement
informal sight


Late Middle English: from Latin excrescentia, from excrescere 'grow out', from ex- 'out' + crescere 'grow'.

Words that rhyme with excrescence

acquiescence, adolescence, arborescence, coalescence, convalescence, deliquescence, effervescence, essence, evanescence, florescence, fluorescence, incandescence, iridescence, juvenescence, luminescence, obsolescence, opalescence, phosphorescence, pubescence, putrescence, quiescence, quintessence

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