- Anatomy, Botany. an outgrowth; process; projection or protuberance.
- Architecture. apophyge.
Origin of apophysis
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- a process, outgrowth, or swelling from part of an animal or plant
- geology a tapering offshoot from a larger igneous intrusive mass
Word Origin for apophysis
C17: via New Latin from Greek apophusis a sideshoot, from apo- + phusis growth
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- An outgrowth or projection of an organ or part, especially an outgrowth from a bone that lacks an independent center of ossification.
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