protuberance


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protuberance

 [pro-too´ber-ans]
a projecting part, or prominence.

pro·tu·ber·ance

(prō-tū'bĕr-ăns), [TA]
A swelling or knoblike outgrowth. A bulging, swelling, or protruding part.
Synonym(s): protuberantia [TA]
[Mod. L. protuberantia]

protuberance

/pro·tu·ber·ance/ (-too´ber-ans) a projecting part, or prominence.
mental protuberance  a triangular prominence on the anterior surface of the body of the mandible, on or near the median line.

protuberance

(prō-to͞o′bər-əns, -tyo͞o′-, prə-)
n.
1. Something, such as a bulge, knob, or swelling, that protrudes.
2. The condition of being protuberant.

protuberance

[-t(y)o̅o̅′bərəns]
Etymology: L, pro + tuberare, to swell
an anatomical landmark that appears as a blunt projection, eminence, or swelling, such as the chin, buttock, or bulge of the frontal bone above the eyebrow.

pro·tu·ber·ance

(prō-tū'bĕr-ăns) [TA]
A swelling, protruding, or knoblike outgrowth or part.
Synonym(s): protuberantia.
[Mod. L. protuberantia]

protuberance

prominence

pro·tu·ber·ance

(prō-tū'bĕr-ăns) [TA]
A swelling, protruding, or knoblike outgrowth.
[Mod. L. protuberantia]

protuberance

a projecting part, or prominence.

external occipital protuberance
on the occipital surface of the occipital bone, above the foramen magnum. The ligamentum nuchae is attached to it.
intercornual protuberance
the prominence between the horns of cows.
References in classic literature ?
He sat by the piano, with his watch-chain resting in folds, like a golden serpent, on the sea-green protuberance of his waistcoat.
We were floating amid gigantic bodies, bluish on the back and white underneath, covered with enormous protuberances.
So, grasping the rough protuberances of the rock, he tugged and toiled amain, and got himself quite out of breath, without being able to stir the heavy stone.
Under his cheek he felt a hard object with strange protuberances.
As I sat quietly upon the floor of my prison, waiting for the end, my fingers by accident came in contact with the bit of paper in which the things had been wrapped; and as I idly played with it, my mind roaming far back into the past, that I might live again for a few brief moments before I died some of the many happy moments of a long and happy life, I became aware of strange protuberances upon the smooth surface of the parchment-like substance in my hands.
The reds and creams of the background, the lyres and harps and urns and skulls, the protuberances of plaster, the fringes of scarlet plush, the sinking and blazing of innumerable electric lights, could scarcely have been surpassed for decorative effect by any craftsman of the ancient or modern world.
And then about him coiled the great, slimy folds of a hideous monster of that prehistoric deep--a mighty serpent of the sea, with fanged jaws, and darting forked tongue, with bulging eyes, and bony protuberances upon head and snout that formed short, stout horns.
Yet, I would not wish to attribute all such sexual differences to this agency: for we see peculiarities arising and becoming attached to the male sex in our domestic animals (as the wattle in male carriers, horn-like protuberances in the cocks of certain fowls, &c.
The light fell in coppery gleams on the protuberances of a high, rugged forehead.
Either way, I thought, ignoring the pesky attention-seeking protuberance would be the best way forward.
He then shows you where his broken sternum has gone walkabout and with your fingers you can feel a three- to four-inch protuberance of bone under his skin, rather as if someone has left the handle of a small saucepan there by mistake.
Paris Squeezed in by courtyard walls, this bulge of a building sticks up and out and roundabout (but the protuberance can't be assembled from glass panels or tiles, like an armadillo or an armada: no reason to look inside, or from in to outside).