Apophysis meaning

ə-pŏfĭ-sĭs
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(anatomy) A natural swelling, projection, or outgrowth of an organ or part, such as the process of a vertebra.
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(geology) A branch from a dike or vein.
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(anat.) Any natural outgrowth or process, esp. on a vertebra or other bone.
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(bot.) A swelling at the base of the capsule in some mosses.
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(anatomy) A natural swelling, projection, or outgrowth of an organ or part, such as the process of a vertebra.
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(anatomy) A natural outgrowth, swelling or enlargement, usually of an organism; A protuberance on a bone.
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(geology) A branch of a dike or vein.
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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).

    From Wiktionary