outgrowth

noun

out·​growth ˈau̇t-ˌgrōth How to pronounce outgrowth (audio)
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

trimmed back some of the tree's outgrowths so they wouldn't interfere with the power lines a predictable outgrowth of the suburb's ever growing population will be the need for more schools
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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outgrowth was in 1837

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“Outgrowth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outgrowth. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

outgrowth

noun
out·​growth ˈau̇t-ˌgrōth How to pronounce outgrowth (audio)
1
: something that grows out of or develops from something else
2

Medical Definition

outgrowth

noun
out·​growth ˈau̇t-ˌgrōth How to pronounce outgrowth (audio)
1
: the process of growing out
in vitro, dopamine modifies axonal and dendritic outgrowthLinda C. Mayes
2
: something that grows directly out of something else
an outgrowth of hair
a bony outgrowth

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