From Middle English, early 15th century, in sense “(action of) growing out (of something else)”. Borrowed 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).
excrescence (plural excrescences)
- Something, usually abnormal, which grows out of something else.
- 1847, Charlotte Brontë, chapter 7, in Jane Eyre:
- I have again and again intimated that I desire the hair to be arranged closely, modestly, plainly. Miss Temple, that girl’s hair must be cut off entirely; I will send a barber to-morrow: and I see others who have far too much of the excrescence—that tall girl, tell her to turn round.
- 1907, E.M. Forster, The Longest Journey, Part III, XXXIII [Uniform ed., p. 299]:
- Perhaps he meant that towns are after all excrescences, grey fluxions, where men, hurrying to find one another, have lost themselves.
- A disfiguring or unwanted mark or adjunct.
- (phonetics) The epenthesis of a consonant, e.g., warmth as [ˈwɔrmpθ] (adding a [p] between [m] and [θ]), or -t (Etymology 2).
- (phonetic): linking consonant
- (phonetic): intervocalic