|1.||[ noun ] (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|
|Synonyms:||development growing maturation ontogenesis ontogeny|
"he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"
|Related terms:||nondevelopment organic_process proliferation rooting blossoming culture cohesion fructification auxesis cenogenesis gametogenesis germination spermatogenesis intussusception infructescence suppression amelogenesis life_cycle foliation angiogenesis apposition juvenescence psychomotor_development morphogenesis myelinisation neurogenesis psychosexual_development masculinization dentition teratogenesis oogenesis cytogenesis palingenesis vegetation gastrulation isometry biology grow grow mature age|
|2.||[ noun ] a progression from simpler to more complex forms|
"the growth of culture"
|Related terms:||development mature|
|3.||[ noun ] (botany) vegetation that has grown|
"a growth of trees" "the only growth was some salt grass"
|Related terms:||vegetation grow|
|4.||[ noun ] a process of becoming larger or more numerous or more important|
"the increase in unemployment" "the growth of population"
|Related terms:||decrease decrease process accretion pullulation accretion accretion accretion proliferation widening relaxation population_growth accession multiplication increase grow|
|5.||[ noun ] the gradual beginning or coming forth|
"figurines presage the emergence of sculpture in Greece"
|Related terms:||beginning rise originate|
|6.||[ noun ] (pathology) an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as in a tumor)|
|Related terms:||illness tumor polyp peduncle excrescence exostosis hamartoma pathology|
|7.||[ noun ] something grown or growing|
"a growth of hair"
|Related terms:||object ingrowth|