[pol-ip] /ˈpɒl ɪp/


Pathology. a projecting growth from a mucous surface, as of the nose, being either a tumor or a hypertrophy of the mucous membrane.
(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)
(pathol) Also called polypus. a small vascularized growth arising from the surface of a mucous membrane, having a rounded base or a stalklike projection

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)
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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