hypophysis

noun
hy·​poph·​y·​sis | \ hī-ˈpä-fə-səs How to pronounce hypophysis (audio) \
plural hypophyses\ hī-​ˈpä-​fə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce hypophyses (audio) \

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First Known Use of hypophysis

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypophysis

borrowed from New Latin (short for hypophysis cerebrī, literally, "outgrowth of the brain"), borrowed from Greek hypóphysis "attachment underneath," from hypophýesthai "to grow up below or in place of" (from hypo- hypo- + phýesthai "to grow, spring up, be born," middle voice of phýein "to bring forth, produce") + -sis, suffix forming nouns of action or process — more at be

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“Hypophysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypophysis. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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hypophysis

noun
hy·​poph·​y·​sis | \ hī-ˈpäf-ə-səs How to pronounce hypophysis (audio) \
plural hypophyses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce hypophyses (audio) \

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