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
Synonyms: increase increment

"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
Synonyms: emergence outgrowth

"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
Similar spelling:   Groth