from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small rounded projecting part or outgrowth, such as a wartlike excrescence on the roots of some leguminous plants or a knoblike process in the skin or on a bone.
- n. Pathology A nodule or swelling, especially a mass of lymphocytes and epithelioid cells forming the characteristic lesion of tuberculosis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A round nodule, small eminence, or warty outgrowth, especially those found on bones for the attachment of a muscle or ligament or small elevations on the surface of a tooth.
- n. A small rounded wartlike protuberance of the roots of some leguminous plants; the lip of certain orchids, cacti.
- n. A small rounded nodule forming the characteristic lesion of tuberculosis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small knoblike prominence or excrescence, whether natural or morbid
- n. A small mass or aggregation of morbid matter; especially, the deposit which accompanies scrofula or phthisis. This is composed of a hard, grayish, or yellowish, translucent or opaque matter, which gradually softens, and excites suppuration in its vicinity. It is most frequently found in the lungs, causing consumption.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A little tuber, or tubercule; a small tuberosity; especially, a small projection of a bone, for the attachment of a ligament or tendon, as of the femur, hyoid, scaphoid, ulna, tibia, zygoma, etc. See tuberculum and tuberosity.
- n. A roughness on the humerus for the insertion of the deltoid muscle: usually called deltoid ridge.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a protuberance on a bone especially for attachment of a muscle or ligament
- n. a swelling that is the characteristic lesion of tuberculosis
- n. small rounded wartlike protuberance on a plant
Latin tūberculum, diminutive of tūber, lump; see tuber.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)