from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small benign epithelial tumor, such as a wart, consisting of an overgrowth of cells on a core of smooth connective tissue.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A tumor, usually small, growing on some external or internal surface, composed of vascular connective tissue covered with epidermis or epithelium, and formed by the hypertrophy of a normal papilla or of a group of several, or resembling a structure thus formed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) A tumor formed by hypertrophy of the papillæ of the skin or mucous membrane, as a corn or a wart.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun pathology, oncology An epithelial tumour, usually benign, with the appearance of a papilla.

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

  • noun a benign epithelial tumor forming a rounded mass


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