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Topic: BIOLOGY

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: excrescens, present participle of excrescere 'to grow out', from crescere 'to grow'

excrescence

noun
     
ex‧cres‧cence [countable] formal
1 something that is bad, unnecessary, or ugly - used to show disapproval:
The new museum is nothing but an excrescence on the urban landscape.
2HB an ugly growth on an animal or plant
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