Growth by apposition
Apposition Ap`po*si"tion, n. [L. appositio, fr. apponere: cf. F. apposition. See {Apposite}.] 1. The act of adding; application; accretion. [1913 Webster]

It grows . . . by the apposition of new matter. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

2. The putting of things in juxtaposition, or side by side; also, the condition of being so placed. [1913 Webster]

3. (Gram.) The state of two nouns or pronouns, put in the same case, without a connecting word between them; as, I admire Cicero, the orator. Here, the second noun explains or characterizes the first. [1913 Webster]

{Growth by apposition} (Physiol.), a mode of growth characteristic of non vascular tissues, in which nutritive matter from the blood is transformed on the surface of an organ into solid unorganized substance. [1913 Webster]


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