noun, plural a·poph·y·ses [uh-pof-uh-seez] /əˈpɒf əˌsiz/.

Anatomy, Botany. an outgrowth; process; projection or protuberance.
Architecture. apophyge.

Nearby words

  1. apophony,
  2. apophthegm,
  3. apophthegmatic,
  4. apophyge,
  5. apophyllite,
  6. apophysitis,
  7. apoplast,
  8. apoplectic,
  9. apoplectiform,
  10. apoplexy

Origin of apophysis

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

Related formsa·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-uh l, uh-pof-uh-see-uh l] /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 apophyseal


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 Formsapophysate (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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Medicine definitions for apophyseal



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.
Related formsap′o•physi•al (ăp′ə-fĭzē-əl) null adj.

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