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[ UK /ɛkskɹˈɛsəns/ ]
  1. something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings
    the hump of a camel
    the bony excrescence between its horns
    the occipital protuberance was well developed
    the gun in his pocket made an obvious bulge
    he stood on the rocky prominence
  2. (pathology) an abnormal outgrowth or enlargement of some part of the body
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How To Use excrescence In A Sentence

  • L — n seemed a little confounded at this remark, and assured him it was nothing but a common excrescence of the cuticula, but that the bones were all sound below; for the truth of this assertion he appealed to the touch, desiring he would feel the part. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker
  • When breeding, some Scutiger males exude nuptial excrescences on their venters.
  • But the vegetable substance in which the gallic acid most abounds is _nutgall_, a kind of excrescence that grows on oaks, and from which the acid is commonly obtained for its various purposes. Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2 In Which the Elements of that Science Are Familiarly Explained and Illustrated by Experiments
  • 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.
  • The appearance and consistency of the cyst lining ranged from smooth and glistening to soft, necrotic, red-gray papillary excrescences.
  • If you looked no further than the most conspicuous feature of his face, a nose covered with excrescences red and swollen enough to figure in a dish of truffles, you might have inferred that the worthy man had an easy temper, foolish and easy-going, that of a perfect gaby; and you would have been deceived, like all at the Scenes from a Courtesan's Life
  • The tiles break apart to reveal red, raw meatlike excrescences that threaten to overwhelm the entire image.
  • 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.
  • There were no hills, only flat barren fields growing an excrescence of barbed wire between themselves and the enemy. DREAMS OF INNOCENCE
  • If my body was now trim and neat, redeemed from the excrescences of flesh, it was also clean.
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