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polyp

Pronunciation: pol'ip

Definition: A general descriptive term used with reference to any mass of tissue that bulges or projects outward or upward from the normal surface level, thereby being macroscopically visible as a hemispheroidal, spheroidal, or irregular moundlike structure growing from a relatively broad base or a slender stalk; polyps may be neoplasms, foci of inflammation, degenerative lesions, or malformations.

Synonym(s): polypus

[L. polypus; G. polypous, contr. fr. G. polys, many, + pous, foot]

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