[awg-zee-sis, awk-see-]
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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for auxesis


  1. 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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auxesis in Medicine


[ôg-zēsĭs, ôk-sē-]
  1. Growth resulting from increase in cell size without cell division.
Related formsaux•etic (ôg-zĕtĭk) adj.
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