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1. The act of growing inward or into.
2. Something that grows inward or into.
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1. the act of growing inwards: the ingrowth of a toenail.
2. something that grows inwards
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1. growth inward.
2. something formed by growth inward.
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Noun1.ingrowth - something that grows inward
growth - something grown or growing; "a growth of hair"
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The term "ruminate," derived from the Latin rumino (chew; Periasamy, 1962a) or based on a similarity with the teeth of ruminants (Corner, 1966), refers to an uneven endosperm surface that is often highly enlarged by ingrowths or infoldings of the surrounding tissue.