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

noun Biology.

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

Nearby words

  1. auxano-,
  2. auxanogram,
  3. auxanography,
  4. auxanometer,
  5. auxerre,
  6. auxetic,
  7. auxiliaries,
  8. auxiliary,
  9. auxiliary equation,
  10. auxiliary language

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



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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Medicine definitions for auxesis


[ôg-zēsĭs, ôk-sē-]


Growth resulting from increase in cell size without cell division.
Related formsaux•etic (ôg-zĕtĭk) adj.

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