[ uh-pof-uh-sis ]
/ əˈpɒf ə sɪs /
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noun, plural a·poph·y·ses [uh-pof-uh-seez]. /əˈpɒf əˌsiz/.
Anatomy, Botany. an outgrowth; process; projection or protuberance.
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Origin of apophysis
OTHER WORDS FROM apophysisa·poph·y·sate [uh-pof-uh-sit, -seyt], /əˈpɒf ə sɪt, -ˌseɪt/, adjectiveap·o·phys·e·al, ap·o·phys·i·al [ap-uh-fiz-ee-uhl, uh-pof-uh-see-uhl], /ˌæp əˈfɪz i əl, əˌpɒf əˈsi əl/, a·poph·y·sar·y [uh-pof-uh-ser-ee], /əˈpɒf əˌsɛr i/, adjectivein·ter·ap·o·phys·e·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for apophysis
/ (əˈpɒfɪsɪs) /
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
a process, outgrowth, or swelling from part of an animal or plant
geology a tapering offshoot from a larger igneous intrusive mass
Derived forms of apophysisapophysate (əˈpɒfɪsɪt, -seɪt), adjectiveapophysial (ˌæpəˈfɪzɪəl), adjective
Word Origin for apophysis
C17: via New Latin from Greek apophusis a sideshoot, from apo- + phusis growth
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Medical definitions for apophysis
[ 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.
Other words from apophysisap′o•phys′i•al (ăp′ə-fĭz′ē-əl) null adj.
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