excrescence early 15c., "action of growing out," from L. excrescentia (pl.) "abnormal growths," from excrescentem (nom. excrescens), prp. of excrescere "grow out, grow up," from ex- "out" (see EX- (Cf. ex-)) + crescere "to grow" (see CRESCENT (Cf. crescent)). Meaning "that which grows out abnormally (on a living thing) is from 1570s (excrescency in this sense is 1540s).

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