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cauliflower ear


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ear swollen and deformed by repeated blows.

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  • n. An ear swollen and deformed by repeated blows, common among boxers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an auricle deformed by injury; common among boxers


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  • Also see citation on cauliflower.

    September 3, 2008

  • Also string bean ear.

    (Edit: I wasn't trying to make fun of an actual medical condition. Just make fun of vegetables.)

    September 2, 2008

  • See also tomato ear.

    September 2, 2008

  • Cauliflower ear (also hematoma auris or perichondrial hematoma) is a condition most common among wrestlers, rugby players, mixed martial artists, and boxers. If the external portion of the ear suffers a blow, a blood clot or other fluid may collect under the perichondrium. This separates the cartilage from the overlying perichondrium that is its source of nutrients, causing the cartilage to die. This leads to a formation of fibrous tissue in the overlying skin. When this happens, the outer ear becomes permanently swollen and deformed, thus resembling a cauliflower.


    February 7, 2008