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GROWTH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does growth mean? 

GROWTH (noun)
  The noun GROWTH has 7 senses:

1. (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level
2. a progression from simpler to more complex forms
3. a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important
4. vegetation that has grown
5. the gradual beginning or coming forth
6. (pathology) an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as in a tumor)
7. something grown or growing

  Familiarity information: GROWTH used as a noun is common.


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GROWTH (noun)


Sense 1growth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

ontogeny; growing; growth; ontogenesis; maturation; development

Context example:

he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children

Hypernyms ("growth" is a kind of...):

biological process; organic process (a process occurring in living organisms)

Meronyms (parts of "growth"):

gastrulation (the process in which a gastrula develops from a blastula by the inward migration of cells)

Domain category:

biological science; biology (the science that studies living organisms)

Domain member category:

isometry (the growth rates in different parts of a growing organism are the same)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "growth"):

masculinisation; masculinization; virilisation; virilization (the abnormal development of male sexual characteristics in a female (usually as the result of hormone therapies or adrenal malfunction))

morphogenesis (differentiation and growth of the structure of an organism (or a part of an organism))

myelinisation; myelinization (the development of a myelin sheath around a nerve fiber)

neurogenesis (the development of nerve tissues)

palingenesis; recapitulation (emergence during embryonic development of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species)

proliferation (growth by the rapid multiplication of parts)

psychogenesis (a general term for the origin and development of almost any aspect of the mind)

psychogenesis (the development in the life of an individual of some disorder that is caused by psychological rather than physiological factors)

psychomotor development (progressive acquisition of skills involving both mental and motor activities)

psychosexual development ((psychoanalysis) the process during which personality and sexual behavior mature through a series of stages: first oral stage and then anal stage and then phallic stage and then latency stage and finally genital stage)

rooting (the process of putting forth roots and beginning to grow)

suppression ((botany) the failure to develop of some part or organ of a plant)

dentition; odontiasis; teething (the eruption through the gums of baby teeth)

teratogenesis (the development of defects in an embryo)

vegetation (the process of growth in plants)

life cycle (the course of developmental changes in an organism from fertilized zygote to maturity when another zygote can be produced)

juvenescence (the process of growing into a youth)

culture ((biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar))

amelogenesis (the developmental process of forming tooth enamel)

angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels)

apposition ((biology) growth in the thickness of a cell wall by the deposit of successive layers of material)

auxesis (growth from increase in cell size without cell division)

anthesis; blossoming; efflorescence; florescence; flowering; inflorescence (the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms)

caenogenesis; cainogenesis; cenogenesis; kainogenesis; kenogenesis (introduction during embryonic development of characters or structure not present in the earlier evolutionary history of the strain or species (as addition of the placenta in mammalian evolution))

cohesion ((botany) the process in some plants of parts growing together that are usually separate (such as petals))

cytogenesis; cytogeny (the origin and development and variation of cells)

intussusception ((biology) growth in the surface area of a cell by the deposit of new particles between existing particles in the cell wall)

infructescence (the fruiting stage of the inflorescence)

germination; sprouting (the process whereby seeds or spores sprout and begin to grow)

gametogenesis (the development and maturation of sex cells through meiosis)

fructification (the bearing of fruit)

foliation; leafing ((botany) the process of forming leaves)


Sense 2growth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A progression from simpler to more complex forms

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Context example:

the growth of culture

Hypernyms ("growth" is a kind of...):

development; evolution (a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage))


Sense 3growth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

increment; growth; increase

Context examples:

the increase in unemployment / the growth of population

Hypernyms ("growth" is a kind of...):

physical process; process (a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "growth"):

broadening; widening (an increase in width)

relaxation ((physiology) the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers)

pullulation (a rapid and abundant increase)

proliferation (a rapid increase in number (especially a rapid increase in the number of deadly weapons))

population growth (increase in the number of people who inhabit a territory or state)

multiplication (a multiplicative increase)

accretion ((astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases)

accretion ((biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particles)

accretion ((geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or waterborne sediment)

accretion; accumulation (an increase by natural growth or addition)

accession (a process of increasing by addition (as to a collection or group))


Sense 4growth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Vegetation that has grown

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context examples:

a growth of trees / the only growth was some salt grass

Hypernyms ("growth" is a kind of...):

botany; flora; vegetation (all the plant life in a particular region or period)


Sense 5growth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The gradual beginning or coming forth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

emergence; outgrowth; growth

Context example:

figurines presage the emergence of sculpture in Greece

Hypernyms ("growth" is a kind of...):

beginning (the event consisting of the start of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "growth"):

rise (a growth in strength or number or importance)


Sense 6growth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(pathology) an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as in a tumor)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("growth" is a kind of...):

illness; malady; sickness; unwellness (impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism)

Domain category:

pathology (the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "growth"):

neoplasm; tumor; tumour (an abnormal new mass of tissue that serves no purpose)

peduncle (the thin process of tissue that attaches a polyp to the body)

polyp; polypus (a small vascular growth on the surface of a mucous membrane)

exostosis (a benign outgrowth from a bone (usually covered with cartilage))

excrescence ((pathology) an abnormal outgrowth or enlargement of some part of the body)

hamartoma (a focal growth that resembles a neoplasm but results from faulty development in an organ)


Sense 7growth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something grown or growing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Context example:

a growth of hair

Hypernyms ("growth" is a kind of...):

object; physical object (a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "growth"):

ingrowth (something that grows inward)


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