from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Biology The growing together of related parts, tissues, or cells.
- n. The amassing of physical particles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the growing together and merging of like or unlike separate parts or particles
- n. the juxtapositioning of dissimilar forms or devices that are harmonized at their point of intersection into hybrid transitional shapes or designs. Any emphasis or modification of these transitional forms that are used in the creation of designs and new forms
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Coalescence of particles; growth; increase by the addition of particles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Growth or increase; increment.
- n. A growing together, in general; a coming together in process of growth or development, to unite or form one part: in anatomy and zoology, used of parts originally separate.
- n. In biology, the growing together or coalescence of two or several individual cells or other organisms; conjugation; a kind of copulation in which two or more organisms become one. See conjugation, 4.
- n. In botany, the union of cell-walls, as those of mycelial hyphæ, by means of a cementing substance formed in process of growth, so that they are inseparably grown together. Also called cementation.
- n. In embryology, the formation of the body of the vertebrate embryo by the growing together of the lips of the blastopore.
Latin concrēscentia, from concrēscēns, concrēscent-, present participle of concrēscere, to grow together; see concrete.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)