noun, plural apophyses [uh-pof-uh-seez] .
Anatomy, Botany. an outgrowth; process; projection or protuberance.
Architecture, apophyge.

1605–15; < Neo-Latin < Greek: offshoot, equivalent to apo- apo- + phýsis growth, equivalent to phý(ein) to bring forth + -sis -sis

apophysate [uh-pof-uh-sit, -seyt] , adjective
apophyseal, apophysial [ap-uh-fiz-ee-uhl, uh-pof-uh-see-uhl] , apophysary [uh-pof-uh-ser-ee] , adjective
interapophyseal, adjective
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apophysis (əˈpɒfɪsɪs)
n , pl -ses
1.  a process, outgrowth, or swelling from part of an animal or plant
2.  geology a tapering offshoot from a larger igneous intrusive mass
[C17: via New Latin from Greek apophusis a sideshoot, from apo- + phusis growth]

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apophysis a·poph·y·sis (ə-pŏf'ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. a·poph·y·ses (-sēz')
An outgrowth or projection of an organ or part, especially an outgrowth from a bone that lacks an independent center of ossification.

ap'o·phys'i·al (āp'ə-fĭz'ē-əl) or a·poph'y·se'al (-sē'əl) adj.
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