American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A coelenterate, such as a hydra or coral, having a cylindrical body and an oral opening usually surrounded by tentacles.
- n. A usually nonmalignant growth or tumor protruding from the mucous lining of an organ such as the nose, bladder, or intestine, often causing obstruction.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In zoology, an animal with many feet or foot-like processes, specifically— An octopus, or eight-rayed cephalopod: an old usage, often in the form polypus, still found in poulp or poulpe.
- n. In pathology, same as polypus, 2.
- n. medicine an abnormal growth protruding from a mucous membrane
- n. biology a cylindrical coelenterate, such as the hydra, having a mouth surrounded with tentacles
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One of the feeding or nutritive zooids of a hydroid or coral.
- n. One of the Anthozoa.
- n. Same as anthozoa. See anthozoa, madreporaria, hydroid.
- n. a small vascular growth on the surface of a mucous membrane
- n. one of two forms that coelenterates take (e.g. a hydra or coral): usually sedentary with a hollow cylindrical body usually with a ring of tentacles around the mouth
- From Latin polypus ("a polyp, a polypus in the nose"), from Ancient Greek πολύπους (polupous), from πολύς (polus, "many") + πούς (pous, "foot"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English polip, nasal tumor, from Old French polipe, from Latin pōlypus, cuttlefish, nasal tumor, from Greek polupous, poulupous : polu-, poly- + pous, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A vocal cord polyp is a small swelling in the mucous membranes covering the vocal cords.”
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“For abortion supporters of the 'clump of cells' variety, I compare this to watching a colonoscopy, where a clump of cells called a polyp is removed.”
“HD imaging enabled us to scrutinize the pattern of the polyp, which is very informative, and determine that it was not cancerous.”
“A polyp is a small, usually benign noncancerous growth in the lining of the uterus.”
“She said the reflux could only partially explain the hoarseness and that she thinks the polyp is the primary culprit.”
“The Actinozoa have already been described as formed on the type of the sea-anemone and the coral polyp, that is, they are all animals with a radiate structure, attached to one end, and having their only opening at the other end, which is surrounded by tentacles.”
“Vaziri said colon cancer starts with these polyps, and removal of the polyp is the best way to prevent this type of cancer.”
“A polyp is a growth of tissue that develops on the lining of the colon or rectum.”
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