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Noun: apophysis (apophyses)  u'pó-fi-sis
  1. (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
  2. (anatomy) a natural outgrowth or projection on an organ or body part such as the process of a vertebra

Derived forms: apophyses

Type of: appendage, enation, outgrowth, plant process, process

Part of: vertebra

Encyclopedia: Apophysis