apophysis

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noun apoph·y·sis \ə-ˈpä-fə-səs\

Definition of apophysis

plural

apophyses

play \-ˌsēz\
  1. :  an expanded or projecting part especially of an organism

apophyseal

play \-ˌpä-fə-ˈsē-əl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of apophysis

New Latin, from Greek, from apo- + phyein to bring forth — more at be


First Known Use: 1646


Medical Dictionary

apophysis

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noun apoph·y·sis \ə-ˈpäf-ə-səs\

Medical Definition of apophysis

plural

apophyses

\-ˌsēz\play
  1. :  an expanded or projecting part especially of an organism

apophyseal

\-ˌpäf-ə-ˈsē-əl\play adjective

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