Adventitious Definition

ădvĕn-tĭshəs, -vən-
Added from outside; not inherent; accidental.
Webster's New World
Occurring in unusual or abnormal places.
Adventitious roots growing on a stem.
Webster's New World
Arising from an external cause or factor; not inherent.
Symmetry that was purely adventitious; adventitious circumstances that contributed to the plan's success.
American Heritage Medicine
Of or belonging to a structure that develops in an unusual place.
Adventitious roots.
American Heritage Medicine
Originating from an external source, especially as a contaminant.
Adventitious viruses in a cell culture.
American Heritage Medicine

Origin of Adventitious

  • From Latin adventīcius foreign from adventus arrival advent

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin adventicius (“foreign”), from adveniō (“arrive”).

    From Wiktionary

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