(From a joint or tubercle).
A tumour; so called from its resemblance to a con-dyle, a joint bent, or a tubercle. It is a hard eminence, which arises in the folds of the anus, or a hardening or a swelling of the rugae. These tumours also sometimes happen in the orifice of the uterus, and other parts. It is variously described by authors; by some as a tumour of the cuticle; by others as an instance of sar-coma. An anonymous French writer says, it is in general a fleshy excrescence which appears on the fingers, hands, feet, and principally about the anus, the peri-naeum, and the private parts of both sexes. He adds, that warts, the tumours called ficus, marisca, sycosis, and thymus, are different instances of condyloma. Atrices.
Authors abound with unnecessary distinctions respecting these tumours; but all tubercles and fungi, whether within the verge of the anus or more outward, are of the same nature, and are cured by the same method, whether called condyloma,ficus, fungus, or crista, and are tumours of the glandules of the part; which, increasing by degrees, prove painful and troublesome. Those who are troubled with the piles frequently suffer from them; and they often appear in the pudenda from the lues venerea.
If the roots are small, a ligature may extirpate them; if broad, they are best removed by a caustic, but care must be taken that it doth not injure any other part.
See P. AEgineta, Celsus, Heister, Turner, Wiseman; Bell's Surgery, vol. ii. p. 264.