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’
    • ‘On section, it was unilocular and lined by a dark pink-gray, friable material with yellow papillary excrescences.’
    • ‘The Chinese have a tradition of breaking open the seed of brucea javonica and taping directly over warts and excrescences to stimulate their dissolution.’
    • ‘Moreover, from early accounts, it is often difficult to distinguish true large bony outgrowths from scalp excrescences.’
    • ‘When the female insect has mated, it settles on the cactus and becomes permanently fixed there, sheds all its limbs and swells into a round lump which looks more like an excrescence on the cactus than an insect.’
    • ‘Concurrent with these changes is the formation of marginal osteophytes that are excrescences of bone arising at the margins of the joint.’
    • ‘The cyst was opened to reveal a chocolate-like material with no nodules or excrescences on either the inner or outer surface.’
    • ‘Other examples of topical application of herbs and their expressed juice are the use of chelidonium or dandelion latex to remove warts and other excrescences.’
    • ‘All dendrites bear large numbers of spines, small excrescences on which incoming nerve fibres terminate to form synapses.’
    • ‘These families are characterized by dermal spicules that have distal excrescences or extra tangential rays, in the former, and with swollen distal rays on dermalia in the latter.’
    • ‘When breeding, some Scutiger males exude nuptial excrescences on their venters.’
    • ‘Surface ulceration was also present focally in the tumor with the multifocal papillary excrescences.’
    • ‘Multiple additional lymphatic-type excrescences became evident in the perineal and perianal area with some progression of the cutaneous changes in the pubic area.’
    • ‘The majority of their patients presented with painful ulcers; however, verrucous excrescences were also clinical presentations of oropharyngeal and laryngeal histoplasmosis.’
    • ‘The appearance and consistency of the cyst lining ranged from smooth and glistening to soft, necrotic, red-gray papillary excrescences.’
    • ‘On X ray there are joint margin excrescences called osteophytes (literally bony growths).’
    • ‘The polypoid areas containing dilated spaces in upper dermis mimicked lymphatic-type excrescences and were misinterpreted as lymphatic malformation in MRI and during surgery.’
    • ‘Further examination revealed a brownish-yellow excrescence made up of dense hyperkeratotic tissue with longitudinal ridges on an erythematous base.’
    • ‘Appears as a cystic excrescence projecting away from the metaphysis that has its axis pointing away from the joint.’
    growth, lump, swelling, protuberance, protrusion, knob, nodule, outgrowth
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    1. 1.1 An unattractive or superfluous object or feature.
      ‘the building is a sixties excrescence foisted on an otherwise flawless street’
      • ‘Are those secret-admirer e-mails real - or just the latest excrescence of an Internet marketing machine grown unfathomably sleazy?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Going further, fiction that celebrates darkness and destruction without the redemption of new insight is at best a useless excrescence and at worst a kind of dangerous pollution.’
      • ‘Another sculpture features dozens of pointed excrescences that jut up from a round base.’
      • ‘Irregularities have to be handled as natural aspects of a language, not as excrescences which needlessly complicate the grammar.’
      • ‘Some of the worst, and I would say probably the excrescence, in this legislation are the transitional provisions in Part 3.’
      • ‘The tiles break apart to reveal red, raw meatlike excrescences that threaten to overwhelm the entire image.’
      • ‘We take the view that it is appropriate that it go before a select committee so that consideration can be given to dealing with the excrescences in the drafting, and to aiding the commission to do what is, clearly, critical work.’
      • ‘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
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Late Middle English: from Latin excrescentia, from excrescere ‘grow out’, from ex- ‘out’ + crescere ‘grow’.