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Callus definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CALLUS, n. Any cutaneous, corneous, or bony hardness, but generally the new growth of osseous matter between the extremities of fractured bones, serving to unite them; also a hardness in the skin; a hard, dense, insensible knob on the hands, feet, etc.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an area of skin that is thick or hard from continual pressure or friction (as the sole of the foot) [syn: callosity, callus]
2: bony tissue formed during the healing of a fractured bone
3: (botany) an isolated thickening of tissue, especially a stiff protuberance on the lip of an orchid v
1: cause a callus to form on; "The long march had callused his feet"
2: form a callus or calluses; "His foot callused"

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Latin Date: 1563 1. a thickening of or a hard thickened area on skin or bark 2. a mass of exudate and connective tissue that forms around a break in a bone and is converted into bone in healing 3. soft tissue that forms over a wounded or cut plant surface II. verb Date: 1864 intransitive verb to form callus transitive verb to cause callus to form on

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a hard thick area of skin or tissue. 2 a hard tissue formed round bone ends after a fracture. 3 Bot. a new protective tissue formed over a wound. Etymology: L

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Callus Cal"lus, n. [L. See Callous.] 1. (Med.) (a) Same as Callosity. (b The material of repair in fractures of bone; a substance exuded at the site of fracture, which is at first soft or cartilaginous in consistence, but is ultimately converted into true bone and unites the fragments into a single piece. 2. (Hort.) The new formation over the end of a cutting, before it puts out rootlets.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(calluses) A callus is an unwanted area of thick skin, usually on the palms of your hands or the soles of your feet, which has been caused by something rubbing against it. N-COUNT

Moby Thesaurus

Philistinism, armor, benign tumor, callosity, callousness, cancer, carcinoma, corn, cyst, excrescence, flintiness, formidable defenses, fungosity, fungus, growth, hard heart, hard shell, hardenedness, hardheartedness, hardness, hardness of heart, heart of stone, imperviousness, induration, insensitiveness, insensitivity, intumescence, inuredness, malignant growth, metastatic tumor, mole, morbid growth, neoplasm, nevus, nonmalignant tumor, obduracy, obdurateness, outgrowth, proud flesh, rhinoceros hide, sarcoma, stoniness, thick skin, tumor, verruca, wart, wen

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