Definition of Caruncle

1. Noun. An outgrowth on a plant or animal such as a fowl's wattle or a protuberance near the hilum of certain seeds.

Exact synonyms: Caruncula
Generic synonyms: Appendage, Outgrowth, Process
Specialized synonyms: Lappet, Wattle
Derivative terms: Caruncular, Carunculous, Caruncular



Definition of Caruncle

1. n. A small fleshy prominence or excrescence; especially the small, reddish body, the caruncula lacrymalis, in the inner angle of the eye.

Definition of Caruncle

1. Noun. A small, fleshy excrescence that is a normal part of an animal's anatomy ¹

2. Noun. A similar excrescence near the hilum of some seeds ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Caruncle

1. a fleshy outgrowth [n -S]

Medical Definition of Caruncle

1. An outgrowth of a seed coat, near the hilum. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Caruncle

cartwheels
cartwhip
cartwhipped
cartwhipping
cartwhippings
cartwhips
cartwright
cartwrights
carubicin
carubinose
carucage
carucages
carucate
carucates
carumonam
caruncle (current term)
caruncles
caruncula
caruncula lacrimalis
caruncula salivaris
caruncula sublingualis
caruncular
carunculate
carunculated
carunculous
carvable
carvacrol
carvacrols

Literary usage of Caruncle

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1. A Practical treatise on the diseases of the eye by William Mackenzie, Thomas Wharton Jones (1855)
"As a consequence of the suppuration, atrophy of the caruncle sometimes takes place. ... Chronic enlargement of the lacrymal caruncle and semilunar fold. ..."

2. The Principles and Practice of Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery by Thomas Wharton Jones (1863)
"The conjunctiva forming the semilunar fold, and investing the lachrymal caruncle is the principal seat of this inflammation, which is in its nature very ..."

3. Collected Papers by the Staff of Saint Mary's Hospital, Mayo Clinic by Saint Marys Hospital (Rochester, Minn.) (1920)
"A review of the histories of patients with urethral caruncle who have been referred for ... A few patients had no symptoms referable to the caruncle. ..."

4. Text-book of Ophthalmology by Ernst Fuchs (1911)
"The plica semilunaris and the caruncle which is situated upon it ... Sometimes the little hairs which the caruncle always has upon it are so long as to ..."

5. Essentials of gynæcology: Arranged in the Form of Questions and Answers by Edwin Bradford Cragin (1897)
"An irritable urethral caruncle is a deep red mass, very vascular and sensitive, ... Prolapse of the urethral mucous membrane may resemble a caruncle in ..."

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