apophysis

noun
apoph·​y·​sis | \ ə-ˈpä-fə-səs How to pronounce apophysis (audio) \
plural apophyses\ ə-​ˈpä-​fə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce apophyses (audio) \

Definition of apophysis

: an expanded or projecting part especially of an organism

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Other Words from apophysis

apophyseal \ ə-​ˌpä-​fə-​ˈsē-​əl How to pronounce apophyseal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of apophysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The growth plate where the patellar tendon attaches is called an apophysis. Cincinnati.com, "Column: Helping heal your child’s knee pain," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of apophysis

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apophysis

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

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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 19 Sep. 2020.

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apophysis

noun
apoph·​y·​sis | \ ə-ˈpäf-ə-səs How to pronounce apophysis (audio) \
plural apophyses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce apophyses (audio) \

Medical Definition of apophysis

: an expanded or projecting part especially of an organism

Other Words from apophysis

apophyseal \ -​ˌpäf-​ə-​ˈsē-​əl How to pronounce apophyseal (audio) \ adjective

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