Definitions

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

  • noun Botany A cushionlike swelling at the base of a moss capsule.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology: Scrofula.
  • noun Goiter.
  • noun In botany, a cushion-like swelling or dilatation of or on an organ, as that at the extremity of the petiole of many leaves, or at one side of the base of the capsule in many mosses.

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

  • noun (Med.) Scrofula.
  • noun (Bot.) A cushionlike swelling on any organ; especially, that at the base of the capsule in many mosses.

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

  • noun goiter
  • noun scrofula

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

  • noun abnormally enlarged thyroid gland; can result from underproduction or overproduction of hormone or from a deficiency of iodine in the diet
  • noun a form of tuberculosis characterized by swellings of the lymphatic glands

Etymologies

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

[Latin strūma, scrofulous tumor.]

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