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auxesis

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

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

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Origin of auxesis

1570–80; <Greek: increase, equivalent to auxē- verbid stem of aúxein to increase + -sis-sis
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British Dictionary definitions for auxesis

auxesis
/ (ɔːɡˈziːsɪs, ɔːkˈsiː-) /

noun

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
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Medical definitions for auxesis

auxesis
[ ôg-zēsĭs, ôk-sē- ]

n.

Growth resulting from increase in cell size without cell division.

Other words from auxesis

aux•etic (ôg-zĕtĭk) adj.
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