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[awg-zee-sis, awk-see-]
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noun Biology.
  1. growth, especially that resulting from an increase in cell size.
Compare merisis.

Origin of auxesis

1570–80; < Greek: increase, equivalent to auxē- verbid stem of aúxein to increase + -sis -sis
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British Dictionary definitions for auxesis


  1. growth in animal or plant tissues resulting from an increase in cell size without cell division

Word Origin

C16: via Latin from Greek: increase, from auxein to increase, grow
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auxesis in Medicine


(ôg-zēsĭs, ôk-sē-)
  1. Growth resulting from increase in cell size without cell division.
Related formsaux•etic (ôg-zĕtĭk) adj.
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