Definition of prominence in English:


Syllabification: prom·i·nence
Pronunciation: /ˈprämənəns


  • 2The fact or condition of standing out from something by physically projecting or being particularly noticeable: radiographs showed enlargement of the right heart with prominence of the pulmonary outflow tract
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    • As the PDA opens, the CXR shows a slight increase in heart size and prominence of central pulmonary vessels which can progress.
    • Heart size and pulmonart vascular prominence depend on the size of shunt.
    • The prominence of the primary rods is a function of the thinner shell wall and may be due to an ecological factor, as mentioned above.
  • 2.1A thing that projects from something, especially a projecting feature of the landscape or a protuberance on a part of the body: the rocky prominence resembled a snow-capped mountain
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    • The tensor palatini muscle joins this muscular sling as it sweeps around the hamulus, a bony prominence of the lateral palate.
    • The greater deformations possible with this technology enable the transfer of pressure to adjacent body areas and other bony prominences.
    • The side rails are lowered, and the safety strap is checked to ensure it is securely in place across the patient's thighs, avoiding bony prominences.
    hillock, hill, hummock, mound; outcrop, crag, spur, rise; ridge, arête; peak, pinnacle; promontory, cliff, headland
  • 2.2 Astronomy A stream of incandescent gas projecting above the sun’s chromosphere.
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    • The clouds will just impede your direct view and the light of corona, chromosphere, and prominences may trickle through.
    • To the naked eye the prominences jutting above the solar surface often appear more noticeable than they are in a photograph.
    • Similarly, giant prominences can be seen for longer, jutting up above the solar surface.



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  • Armus and Castra, in the heart and belly respectively, are stars with disagreeable natures, whose prominency indicates malevolence and destructiveness.


late 16th century (denoting something that juts out): from obsolete French, from Latin prominentia 'jutting out', from the verb prominere (see prominent).

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