1A distinct outgrowth on a human or animal body or on a plant, especially one that is the result of disease or abnormality.
- 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 addition or feature: removing the excrescences of later interpretation
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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.
Late Middle English: from Latin excrescentia, from excrescere 'grow out', from ex- 'out' + crescere 'grow'.
Words that rhyme with excrescenceacquiescence, 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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