cauliflower ear

cauliflower ear
an ear that has been deformed by repeated injury, resulting in an irregular thickening of scar tissue.
[1905-10, Amer.]

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      distortion of the cartilage of the outer ear as the result of an injury. If the injury causes bleeding between the cartilage and the skin, it produces a smooth and rounded purplish swelling. Accumulated clotted blood, if not removed, is transformed into scar tissue, causing permanent, odd-shaped thickening of the outer ear. Because boxers' and wrestlers' ears are subjected to so much pounding abuse, cauliflower ear is often associated with those sports.

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