Ex*cres"cence (?) n. [F. excrescence, excroissanse, L. excrescentia excrescences, neut. pl. of p. pr. of excrescere. See Excrescent.]

An excrescent appendage, as, a wart or tumor; anything growing out unnaturally from anything else; a preternatural or morbid development; hence, a troublesome superfluity; an incumbrance; as, an excrescence on the body, or on a plant.

"Excrescences of joy."

Jer. Taylor.

The excrescences of the Spanish monarchy. Addison.

 

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