outgrowth

noun out·growth \ ˈau̇t-ˌgrōth \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of outgrowth

1 : a process or product of growing out
  • an outgrowth of hair
2 : consequence, by-product
  • crime is often an outgrowth of poverty

Examples of outgrowth in a Sentence

  1. trimmed back some of the tree's outgrowths so they wouldn't interfere with the power lines

  2. a predictable outgrowth of the suburb's ever growing population will be the need for more schools

Recent Examples of outgrowth from the Web

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First Known Use of outgrowth

1837


OUTGROWTH Defined for English Language Learners

outgrowth

noun

Definition of outgrowth for English Language Learners

  • : something that develops or results from something else

  • : something that grows out of something else


OUTGROWTH Defined for Kids

outgrowth

noun out·growth \ ˈau̇t-ˌgrōth \

Definition of outgrowth for Students

: something that grows out of or develops from something else

Medical Dictionary

outgrowth

noun out·growth \ ˈau̇t-ˌgrōth \

medical Definition of outgrowth

1 : the process of growing out
  • in vitro, dopamine modifies axonal and dendritic outgrowth
  • —Linda C. Mayes
2 : something that grows directly out of something else
  • an outgrowth of hair
  • a bony outgrowth


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