from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Growing out abnormally, excessively, or superfluously.
- adj. Linguistics Of or relating to epenthesis; epenthetic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something growing, usually abnormally, out of something else.
- n. A sound in a word without etymological reason.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Growing out in an abnormal or morbid manner or as a superfluity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Growing out of something else; specifically, abnormally put forth or added; hence, superfluous and incongruous: as, a wart is an excrescent growth on the hand; excrescent knots on a tree; excrescent ornaments on a dress or on a building.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. forming an outgrowth (usually an excessive outgrowth)
From Latin excrēscēns, present participle of excrēscō. (Wiktionary)