Polyp



[pol-ip] /ˈpɒl ɪp/

noun
1.
Zoology.

2.
Pathology. a projecting growth from a mucous surface, as of the nose, being either a tumor or a hypertrophy of the mucous membrane.
/ˈpɒlɪp/
noun
1.
(zoology) one of the two forms of individual that occur in coelenterates. It usually has a hollow cylindrical body with a ring of tentacles around the mouth Compare medusa (sense 2)
2.
(pathol) Also called polypus. a small vascularized growth arising from the surface of a mucous membrane, having a rounded base or a stalklike projection
n.

c.1400, “nasal tumor,” from Middle French polype and directly from Latin polypus “cuttlefish,” also “nasal tumor,” from Greek (Doric, Aeolic) polypos “octopus, cuttlefish,” from polys “many” (see poly-) + pous “foot” (see foot (n.)). Etymological sense revived 1742 as a name for hydras and sea anemones (earlier polypus, early 16c.). The Latin word is the source of French poulpe “octopus.”

polyp pol·yp (pŏl’ĭp)
n.
A usually nonmalignant growth of tissue protruding from the mucous lining of an organ such as the nose, bladder, or intestine, often causing obstruction. Also called polypus.
pol’yp·oid’ adj.
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