Definition of outgrowth in English:



  • 1Something that grows out of something else:

    ‘the eye first appears as an outgrowth from the brain’
    • ‘Concentric growth lines or lamellar outgrowths of shell distinguish some genera, such as Atrypa.’
    • ‘Root hairs are highly polarized outgrowths that arise from swellings that form at the apical (root tip) end of root epidermal cells.’
    • ‘The cotyledons then appear as outgrowths from the flattened top surface.’
    • ‘Your vertebrae begin to grow together, forming vertical bony outgrowths and becoming stiff and inflexible.’
    • ‘The seeds are attached to a durable fruit casing by a cord with a fleshy outgrowth, or aril, at its base that bats find appetizing.’
    • ‘Begun in 1972 as an outgrowth of the chapel of the same name, the school runs from kindergarten through twelfth grade and enrolls about 100 students.’
    • ‘It's the most energetic part of the body which is physically working all the time and it's also an outgrowth of the brain.’
    • ‘The tissue forming the outgrowths had the appearance of valve tissue, except at the tip, where it did not resemble any floral tissue.’
    • ‘The retina forms as an outgrowth of the embryonic brain, and is strictly part of the central nervous system.’
    protuberance, swelling, excrescence, growth, knob, lump, bump, bulge, eruption, protrusion, projection, prominence
    tumour, cancer, boil, carbuncle, pustule, spot, pimple
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    1. 1.1[mass noun] The process of growing out:
      ‘with further outgrowth the radius and ulna develop’
      • ‘The balayage technique provides ultimate control over color application and allows for less outgrowth and more contrast in the hair.’
      • ‘In 1879, Uskoff noted that isolated white blood cells displayed greater outgrowth of processes during microscopic examination with red light compared with violet-blue light.’
      • ‘The phenotypic analysis of fru mutant embryos along with fru's temporal and spatial expression pattern suggests that the fru gene functions during axonal outgrowth.’
      • ‘Angiogenesis, a process by which new blood vessels sprout from existing one, is a prerequisite for outgrowth and metastasis of tumour.’
      • ‘The smaller, more distal foramen formed through a similar course of differential outgrowth and fusion.’
    2. 1.2 A natural development or result of something:
      ‘the book is an imaginative outgrowth of practical criticism’
      • ‘The new county leadership expresses a vision for economic development that sees job creation as the natural outgrowth of business development.’
      • ‘Although maybe this is simply an outgrowth of the semi-obsessive logorrhea of writers, where they feel they know their work best and can't help but respond.’
      • ‘When you were younger, did you have any ambitions to appear in movies, or did that just happen as an outgrowth of your comedy dream?’
      • ‘It is an outgrowth of modern problem solving: a system for living.’
      • ‘It's due to a gap in leadership and talent at many agencies, perhaps an outgrowth of a brain drain caused by the last recession.’
      • ‘It was founded in London in the 1860s as an outgrowth of Methodism, a sort of militant form of Methodism which had a strong sense of social justice.’
      • ‘This latest work appears to be an outgrowth of her previous collaboration with researchers to use a gel as a scaffolding for the growth of cartilage.’
      • ‘This, her fourth volume of poetry, has been described as ‘organic outgrowths of a life encompassing both Ireland and Australia.’’
      • ‘The study of normative political thought and the history of political thought is not an outgrowth of the same social-scientific turn as the other sub-disciplines in the field.’
      • ‘Then there was the equally intriguing suggestion that what happened was simply a grotesque outgrowth of things which happen all the time in some small businesses.’
      • ‘I documented an outgrowth of the mentality thus displayed earlier.’
      • ‘First of all, the discovery that germs cause infection was an outgrowth of Pasteur's studies demonstrating that germs cause putrefaction of animal and vegetable material outside the body.’
      • ‘‘Rather than adhering to a set form and a limited range of gestures, as in ballet, the dancer creates form as an outgrowth of his or her own communicative impulses,’ the dance school says.’
      • ‘There is not much of a case for this, except that basketball is played indoors on a manmade surface and is of its own invention rather than an outgrowth of another sport.’
      • ‘A sixth test result - loop length approximation - is a natural outgrowth of the previous five tests.’
      • ‘The characters are very personal, sort of outgrowths of my own experiences, and obviously based on people I've come into contact with, one way or another.’
      • ‘This problem becomes magnified when you consider the rate at which these ad-hoc data sources are appearing, an outgrowth of the data explosion.’
      • ‘‘It's an outgrowth of the idea that somehow it's exciting to be on camera, that our lives become interesting and more real when they're on camera,’ she said.’
      • ‘The emergence of free agent workers can be seen as a natural outgrowth of changing concepts about careers and career development.’
      • ‘My interest is an outgrowth of over twenty years of research on expansion of the Earth.’