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apophysis

[uh-pof-uh-sis] /əˈpɒf ə sɪs/
noun, plural apophyses
[uh-pof-uh-seez] /əˈpɒf əˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
Anatomy, Botany. an outgrowth; process; projection or protuberance.
2.
Architecture, apophyge.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Neo-Latin < Greek: offshoot, equivalent to apo- apo- + phýsis growth, equivalent to phý(ein) to bring forth + -sis -sis
Related forms
apophysate
[uh-pof-uh-sit, -seyt] /əˈpɒf ə sɪt, -ˌseɪt/ (Show IPA),
adjective
apophyseal, apophysial
[ap-uh-fiz-ee-uh l, uh-pof-uh-see-uh l] /ˌæp əˈfɪz i əl, əˌpɒf əˈsi əl/ (Show IPA),
apophysary
[uh-pof-uh-ser-ee] /əˈpɒf əˌsɛr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
interapophyseal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for apophysial

apophysis

/əˈpɒfɪsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1.
a process, outgrowth, or swelling from part of an animal or plant
2.
(geology) a tapering offshoot from a larger igneous intrusive mass
Derived Forms
apophysate (əˈpɒfɪsɪt; -seɪt) adjective
apophysial (ˌæpəˈfɪzɪəl) adjective
Word Origin
C17: via New Latin from Greek apophusis a sideshoot, from apo- + phusis growth
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apophysial in Medicine

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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