[ ahr-ber-uh-zey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɑr bər əˈzeɪ ʃən /


a treelike appearance, as in certain minerals or fossils.
Anatomy. the branchlike appearance characteristic of certain nerve-cell outgrowths.

Origin of arborization

First recorded in 1785–95; arbor3 + -ization Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arborization

  • The arborization of the metal as it spreads out from the main shaft of the hinge is beautifully decorative in effect.

    The Thirteenth|James J. Walsh

British Dictionary definitions for arborization



/ (ˌɑːbəraɪˈzeɪʃən) /


a branching treelike appearance in certain fossils and minerals
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Medicine definitions for arborization


[ är′bər-ĭ-zāshən ]


The treelike terminal branching of nerve fibers or blood vessels.
The leaflike pattern formed under certain conditions by a dried smear of cervical mucus.
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