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a·poph·y·sis

 (ə-pŏf′ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. a·poph·y·ses (-sēz′)
1. Anatomy A natural swelling, projection, or outgrowth of an organ or part, such as the process of a vertebra.
2. Geology A branch from a dike or vein.

[New Latin, from Greek apophusis, from apophuein, to send out branches : apo-, apo- + phuein, to grow; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.]

a·poph′y·sate′ (-sāt′), a·poph′y·se′al (-sē′əl) adj.

apophysis

(əˈpɒfɪsɪs)
n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1. (Biology) a process, outgrowth, or swelling from part of an animal or plant
2. (Geological Science) geology a tapering offshoot from a larger igneous intrusive mass
[C17: via New Latin from Greek apophusis a sideshoot, from apo- + phusis growth]
apophysate adj
apophysial, apophyseal adj

a•poph•y•sis

(əˈpɒf ə sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz)
a small, usu. bony projection or protuberance, as on a vertebra.
[1605–15; < New Latin < Greek: offshoot =apo- apo- + phýsis growth =phý(ein) to bring forth + -sis -sis]
ap•o•phys•e•al (ˌæp əˈfɪz i əl, əˌpɒf əˈsi əl) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apophysis - (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
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
plant process, enation - a natural projection or outgrowth from a plant body or organ
2.apophysis - (anatomy) a natural outgrowth or projection on an organ or body part such as the process of a vertebraapophysis - (anatomy) a natural outgrowth or projection on an organ or body part such as the process of a vertebra
vertebra - one of the bony segments of the spinal column
appendage, outgrowth, process - a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant; "a bony process"
anatomy, general anatomy - the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals
Translations

a·poph·y·sis

n. apófisis, parte saliente de un hueso.
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Avulsion fractures of apophysial ring ("limbus") posterior superior of the L5 vertebra, associated to pre-marginal hernia in athletes.
2) The aim of this report is to emphasize apophysial fracture of the anterior inferior iliac spine for awareness of this injury, appropriate interpretation of imaging findings and for avoidance of unnecessary biopsy.
The effect of posture on the role of the apophysial joints in resisting intervertebral compressive forces.