(anatomy) A natural outgrowth, swelling or enlargement, usually of an organism; A protuberance on a bone.
Origin of Apophysis
New Latin from Greek apophusis from apophuein to send out branches apo- apo- phuein to grow bheuə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Greek απόφυσις (offshoot), from ἀπό + φύειν (to bring forth), from Proto-Indo-European base *bheu- (to exist, to grow).
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