Meaning of callosity in English:


Pronunciation /kəˈlɒsɪti/


  • A thickened and hardened part of the skin; a callus.

    ‘Because the heads bear distinguishing patches of rough skin, called callosities, a good overhead view allows scientists to recognize an individual whale, year after year.’
    • ‘The patterns are made up of rough, raised patches of skin called callosities.’
    • ‘He had wagered that she would be a Teutonic heavyweight with callosities growing on her forehead.’
    • ‘These are called callosities, and their colouration varies with the reproductive season.’
    • ‘During these beatings, she would clench fists, which led to thick callosity on her fingers.’


Late Middle English from French callosité, from Latin callositas, from callosus ‘hard-skinned’, from callum, callus ‘hardened skin’.