Definition of Apophysis

1. Noun. (botany) a natural swelling or enlargement: at the base of the stalk or seta in certain mosses or on the cone scale of certain conifers.

Category relationships: Botany, Phytology
Generic synonyms: Enation, Plant Process
Derivative terms: Apophyseal

2. Noun. (anatomy) a natural outgrowth or projection on an organ or body part such as the process of a vertebra.
Group relationships: Vertebra
Generic synonyms: Appendage, Outgrowth, Process
Category relationships: Anatomy, General Anatomy
Derivative terms: Apophyseal

Definition of Apophysis

1. n. A marked prominence or process on any part of a bone.

Definition of Apophysis

1. Noun. (anatomy) A natural outgrowth, swelling or enlargement, usually of an organism; A protuberance on a bone. ¹

2. Noun. (geology) A branch of a dike or vein ¹

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Definition of Apophysis

1. [n -PHYSES]

Medical Definition of Apophysis

1. 1. A marked prominence or process on any part of a bone. 2. An enlargement at the top of a pedicel or stem, as seen in certain mosses. Origin: NL, fr. Gr. Offshoot, process of a bone, fr. To grow from; from +, to grow. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Apophysis

apophysial fracture
apophysial point
apophysis (current term)
apophysis conchae
apophysis helicis
apophysitis tibialis adolescentium
apoplectic cyst
apoplectic retinitis

Literary usage of Apophysis

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Spider Book: A Manual for the Study of the Spiders and Their Near by John Henry Comstock (1912)
"Clavis = median apophysis Petiole of the bulb, pet. Conductor of the embolus, ... Terminal apophysis, ta Fundus of the receptaculum seminis,/M. Tibia, t. ..."

2. The Principal forms of the skeleton and the teeth: As the Basis for a System by Richard Owen (1855)
"m (Gr. meta, between, and apophysis), ... 5), y (Gr. hypo, below, and apophysis), ... 4), e (Gr. epi, above, and apophysis). Of the autogenous parts, ..."

3. A Practical treatise on fractures and dislocations by Lewis Atterbury Stimson (1899)
"Avulsion of an apophysis, or of a scale of bone, by muscular action is a far more ... The lesion consists in the fracture of an apophysis at its base, ..."

4. Organography of Plants, Especially of the Archegoniata and Spermaphyta by Karl Eberhard Goebel (1905)
"Polytrichum commune. r/tt a small portion of the part of the stem bearing rhizoids; J, seta; c, calyptra; ap^ apophysis ; a, operculum. Natural size. ..."

5. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1901)
"(X*l5u PINUS long, chocolate-brown ; apophysis low- pyramidal, umbo elongated and reflexed with short spiny tip: seeds % in. long, short-winged. S.Calif. ..."

6. The London Medical Gazette (1833)
"... maxillary none " Its parietes were formed by two compact plates of this apophysis. The immediate cause of the disease was evidently an inverted tooth. ..."

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