Anatomy, Botany. an outgrowth; process; projection or protuberance.
- a·poph·y·sate [uh-pof-uh-sit, -seyt], /əˈpɒf ə sɪt, -ˌseɪt/, adjective
- ap·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/, adjective
- in·ter·ap·o·phys·e·al, adjective
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How to use apophysis in a sentence
apophysis, any irregular swelling; the enlargement at the base of the spore-case of the Umbrella-Moss.The Elements of Botany | Asa Gray
Each apophysis is crossed in its apical half at right angles by two short parallel transverse rods.
Each apophysis represents a regular rectangular cross, being intersected in its middle by one perpendicular rod of its own length.
Each apophysis is pinnate with opposite pinnul, or crossed at right angles by three to six parallel transverse rods.
No ctenidium, but a pulmonary cavity; operculum with an apophysis.
British Dictionary definitions for apophysis
a process, outgrowth, or swelling from part of an animal or plant
geology a tapering offshoot from a larger igneous intrusive mass
- apophysate (əˈpɒfɪsɪt, -seɪt), adjective
- apophysial (ˌæpəˈfɪzɪəl), adjective
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