Increase in size or expansion of part of an organ or tissue to fill the space left by the destruction of another portion of the same organ or tissue.
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Compliment vs. Complement
Compliment and complement are commonly confused terms because they’re pronounced alike and originally shared some meanings. But over time, they’ve become separate words with entirely different definitions. What does complement mean? Complement with an E is the older of the two terms. Its noun sense has been around in English since the 1300s. The term derives from the Latin complēmentum, meaning “something that completes.” So, that means if …
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