noun, plural a·poph·y·ses [uh-pof-uh-seez] /əˈpɒf əˌsiz/.
Anatomy, Botany. an outgrowth; process; projection or protuberance.
Origin of apophysis
1605–15;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
< New Latin
offshoot, equivalent to apo- apo-
growth, equivalent to phý(ein
) to bring forth + -sis -sis
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Examples from the Web for apophysis
Historical Examples of apophysis
The apophysis represents the later and larger growth of the cone-scale.
No ctenidium, but a pulmonary cavity; operculum with an apophysis.
Every cavity, apophysis, and curvature was imitated, and each bone executed its proper movements.
The central region extending between the apophysis and the operculum is composed of sterile tissue and forms the columella (c).
The seta widens out at the base of the capsule into a region known as the apophysis.
British Dictionary definitions for apophysis
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
Derived Formsapophysate (əˈpɒfɪsɪt, -seɪt), adjectiveapophysial (ˌæpəˈfɪzɪəl), adjective
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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n. pl. a•poph•y•ses (-sēz′)
Related formsap′o•phys′i•al (ăp′ə-fĭz′ē-əl) null adj.
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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