Definition of appose in English:



[with object]technical
  • Place (something) side by side with or close to something else.

    ‘the specimen was apposed to X-ray film’
    • ‘In contrast, in all tef cells in which the sex chromosomes could be identified, they were closely apposed in a configuration not discernibly different from wild type.’
    • ‘Epithelioid cells were closely apposed with interdigitating cytoplasmic processes, occasional desmosome-like functional complexes, and uniform, narrow intercellular spaces.’
    • ‘In one case, the anaplastic carcinoma was closely apposed to malignant lymphoma, large cell type, of B-cell phenotype; this case was considered to represent a collision tumor.’
    • ‘External pressure dressing was then applied to the stoma while apposing the skin edges to hasten spontaneous wound closure.’
    • ‘In the way that he apposes the images and varies the pauses, he draws us into the evening's movement and its paradoxically calming effect.’


Late 16th century: from Latin apponere, on the pattern of words such as compose, expose.