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 for excrescence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Excrescence \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.
     [1913 Webster]
           The excrescences of the Spanish monarchy. --Addison.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects
           from its surroundings; "the gun in his pocket made an
           obvious bulge"; "the hump of a camel"; "he stood on the
           rocky prominence"; "the occipital protuberance was well
           developed"; "the bony excrescence between its horns" [syn:
           bulge, bump, hump, swelling, gibbosity,
           gibbousness, jut, prominence, protuberance,
           protrusion, extrusion, excrescence]
      2: (pathology) an abnormal outgrowth or enlargement of some part
         of the body

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