growth

[grohth]
noun
1.
the act or process, or a manner of growing; development; gradual increase.
2.
size or stage of development: It hasn't yet reached its full growth.
3.
completed development.
4.
development from a simpler to a more complex stage: the growth of ritual forms.
5.
development from another but related form or stage: the growth of the nation state.
6.
something that has grown or developed by or as if by a natural process: a growth of stubborn weeds.
7.
Pathology. an abnormal increase in a mass of tissue, as a tumor.
8.
origin; source; production: onions of English growth.
adjective
9.
of or denoting a business, industry, or equity security that grows or is expected to grow in value over a long period of time: a growth industry; a growth stock.

Origin:
1550–60; see grow, -th1; probably cognate with Old Norse grōthr

antigrowth, adjective
pregrowth, noun
regrowth, noun
supergrowth, noun, adjective


1. augmentation, expansion. 6. result, outgrowth. 7. excrescence.


1. decline, decrease.
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growth (ɡrəʊθ)
 
n
1.  the process or act of growing, esp in organisms following assimilation of food
2.  an increase in size, number, significance, etc
3.  something grown or growing: a new growth of hair
4.  a stage of development
5.  any abnormal tissue, such as a tumour
6.  (modifier) of, relating to, causing or characterized by growth: a growth industry; growth hormone

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Medical Dictionary

growth (grōth)
n.

  1. The process of growing.

  2. Full development; maturity.

  3. An increase, as in size, number, value, or strength.

  4. Something that grows or has grown.

  5. An abnormal mass of tissue, such as a tumor, growing in or on an organism.

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growth   (grōth)  Pronunciation Key 
An increase in the size of an organism or part of an organism, usually as a result of an increase in the number of cells. Growth of an organism may stop at maturity, as in the case of humans and other mammals, or it may continue throughout life, as in many plants. In humans, certain body parts, like hair and nails, continue to grow throughout life.
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growth

the increases in cell size and number that take place during the life history of an organism.

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