Hypophysis meaning

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(anatomy) The pituitary gland.
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(botany) The top cell of the suspensor in a dicot embryo, which will differentiate to form part of the root cap.
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Origin of hypophysis

  • New Latin from Greek hupophusis attachment underneath from hupophuein to grow up beneath hupo- hypo- phuein to make grow bheuə- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Greek ὑπό (hypo, “under”) + φύσις (physis, “nature”), from φύω (phyō, “to bring forth”).
    From Wiktionary