apophysis

noun

apoph·​y·​sis ə-ˈpä-fə-səs How to pronounce apophysis (audio)
plural apophyses ə-ˈpä-fə-ˌsēz How to pronounce apophysis (audio)
: an expanded or projecting part especially of an organism
apophyseal adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The growth plate where the patellar tendon attaches is called an apophysis. Cincinnati.com, 5 June 2017

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of apophysis was in 1646

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“Apophysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apophysis. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

apophysis

noun

apoph·​y·​sis ə-ˈpäf-ə-səs How to pronounce apophysis (audio)
plural apophyses -ˌsēz How to pronounce apophysis (audio)
: an expanded or projecting part especially of an organism
apophyseal adjective
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