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1. The act or process of growing out.
2. A product of growing out; a projecting part or offshoot: an outgrowth of new shoots on a branch.
3. A result or consequence: Inflation is an outgrowth of war.
1. a thing growing out of a main body
2. a development, result, or consequence
3. the act of growing out
1. a natural development or result.
2. an additional, supplementary result.
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|Noun||1.||outgrowth - a natural consequence of development|
|2.||outgrowth - the gradual beginning or coming forth; "figurines presage the emergence of sculpture in Greece"|
beginning - the event consisting of the start of something; "the beginning of the war"
rise - a growth in strength or number or importance
|3.||outgrowth - a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant; "a bony process"|
horn - one of the bony outgrowths on the heads of certain ungulates
horn - any hard protuberance from the head of an organism that is similar to or suggestive of a horn
crest - a showy growth of e.g. feathers or skin on the head of a bird or other animal
pseudopod, pseudopodium - temporary outgrowth used by some microorganisms as an organ of feeding or locomotion
flagellum - a lash-like appendage used for locomotion (e.g., in sperm cells and some bacteria and protozoa)
hair - a filamentous projection or process on an organism
cirrus - a slender flexible animal appendage as on barnacles or crinoids or many insects; often tactile
spine - a sharp rigid animal process or appendage; as a porcupine quill or a ridge on a bone or a ray of a fish fin
aculea - small spiny outgrowth on the wings of certain insects
style - a slender bristlelike or tubular process; "a cartilaginous style"
villus - a minute hairlike projection on mucous membrane
tail - the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body
fetlock - projection behind and above a horse's hoof
tentacle - any of various elongated tactile or prehensile flexible organs that occur on the head or near the mouth in many animals; used for feeling or grasping or locomotion
arista - bristlelike process near the tip of the antenna of certain flies
body part - any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
ala - a flat wing-shaped process or winglike part of an organism; "the alae of the nose"; "the alae of a maple seed"; "the flat petals of a pea blossom are alae"
alveolar arch - the part of the upper or lower jawbones in which the teeth are set
alveolar process, alveolar ridge, gum ridge - a ridge that forms the borders of the upper and lower jaws and contains the sockets of the teeth
acrosome - a process at the anterior end of a sperm cell that produces enzymes to facilitate penetration of the egg
caruncle, caruncula - an outgrowth on a plant or animal such as a fowl's wattle or a protuberance near the hilum of certain seeds
condyle - a round bump on a bone where it forms a joint with another bone
epicondyle - a projection on a bone above a condyle serving for the attachment of muscles and ligaments
fimbria - thin projections forming a fringe (especially around the ovarian end of the Fallopian tube)
apophysis - (anatomy) a natural outgrowth or projection on an organ or body part such as the process of a vertebra
spicule, spiculum - small pointed structure serving as a skeletal element in various marine and freshwater invertebrates e.g. sponges and corals
osteophyte - small abnormal bony outgrowth
papilla - a small projection of tissue at the base of a hair or tooth or feather
papilla - a small nipple-shaped protuberance concerned with taste, touch, or smell; "the papillae of the tongue"
cecal appendage, vermiform appendix, vermiform process, appendix - a vestigial process that extends from the lower end of the cecum and that resembles a small pouch
mastoid, mastoid bone, mastoid process, mastoidal - process of the temporal bone behind the ear at the base of the skull
styloid process - extends from the base of the temporal bone
pterygoid process - two bony processes descending from the body of the sphenoid bone
tuberosity, eminence, tubercle - a protuberance on a bone especially for attachment of a muscle or ligament
zygomatic process - a slender process of the temporal bone that strengthens the zygomatic arch
trochanter - one of the bony prominences developed near the upper extremity of the femur to which muscles are attached
transverse process - one of two processes that extend from each vertebra and provide the point of articulation for the ribs
odontoid process - a toothlike process at the back of 2nd vertebra of the neck
metaphysis - the growing part of a long bone between the diaphysis and the epiphysis
olecranon, olecranon process - process of the ulna that forms the outer bump of the elbow and fits into the fossa of the humerus when the arm is extended
ridge - any long raised border or margin of a bone or tooth or membrane
excrescence - (pathology) an abnormal outgrowth or enlargement of some part of the body
papilla - (botany) a tiny outgrowth on the surface of a petal or leaf
1. product, result, development, fruit, consequence, outcome, legacy, emergence, derivative, spin-off, by-product, end result, offshoot, upshot Her first book is an outgrowth of an art project she began in 1988.