adjective Etymology: Latin excrescent-, excrescens, present participle of excrescere to grow out, from ex- + crescere to grow — more at crescent Date: 1633 1. forming an abnormal, excessive, or useless outgrowth 2. of, relating to, or constituting epenthesis • excrescently adverb

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  • Excrescent — Ex*cres cent, a. [L. excresens, entis, p. pr. of excrescere to grow out; ex out + crescere to grow. See {Crescent}.] Growing out in an abnormal or morbid manner or as a superfluity. [1913 Webster] Expunge the whole, or lip the excrescent parts.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • excrescent — index superfluous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • excrescent — mid 15c., from L. excrescentem (nom. excrescens), prp. of excrescere (see EXCRESCENCE (Cf. excrescence)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • excrescent — [eks kres′ənt, ikskres′ənt] adj. [ME < L excrescens, prp. of excrescere] 1. forming an excrescence; growing abnormally; superfluous 2. Phonet. designating or of an epenthetic sound or letter in a word …   English World dictionary

  • excrescent — excrescently, adv. /ik skres euhnt/, adj. 1. growing abnormally out of something else; superfluous. 2. Phonet. (of a speech sound) inserted or added as a result of articulatory interaction or impetus, as the t sound in sense /sents/ or against… …   Universalium

  • excrescent — noun a) Something growing, usually abnormally, out of something else. B in nimble is an excrescent. b) A sound in a word without etymological reason. See Also: excrescence …   Wiktionary

  • excrescent — ex•cres•cent [[t]ɪkˈskrɛs ənt[/t]] adj. 1) pat phl ppa vet growing abnormally out of something else; superfluous 2) phn (of a speech sound) inserted or added as a result of articulatory interaction or impetus, as the t sound in sense (sents);… …   From formal English to slang

  • excrescent — ex·cres·cent (eks kresґənt) resembling or of the nature of an excrescence …   Medical dictionary

  • excrescent — ex cres·cent || nt adj. growing excessively; redundant, superfluous …   English contemporary dictionary

  • excrescent — a. Fungous …   New dictionary of synonyms

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