excrescence

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Middle English, early 15th century, in sense “(action of) growing out (of something else)”. From Latin excrescentia (abnormal growths), from excrescentem, from excrēscere, from ex- (out) (English ex-) + crēscere (to grow) (English crescent). Sense of “abnormal growth” from 1570s, from earlier excrescency (1540s in this sense).[1]

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excrescence (plural excrescences)

  1. Something, usually abnormal, which grows out of something else.
  2. A disfiguring or unwanted mark or adjunct
  3. (phonetics) epenthesis of a consonant, e.g., warmth as [ˈwɔrmpθ] (adding a [p] between [m] and [θ]), or -t.

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  1. ^ excrescence” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).