[ awg-zee-sis, awk-see- ]
/ ɔgˈzi sɪs, ɔkˈsi- /

noun Biology.

growth, especially that resulting from an increase in cell size.
Compare merisis.

Origin of auxesis

1570–80; < Greek: increase, equivalent to auxē- verbid stem of aúxein to increase + -sis -sis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for auxesis

/ (ɔːɡˈziːsɪs, ɔːkˈsiː-) /


growth in animal or plant tissues resulting from an increase in cell size without cell division

Word Origin for auxesis

C16: via Latin from Greek: increase, from auxein to increase, grow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for auxesis

[ ôg-zēsĭs, ôk-sē- ]


Growth resulting from increase in cell size without cell division.

Other words from auxesis

aux•etic (ôg-zĕtĭk) adj.
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