From Ancient Greek αὐξησις (auxēsis, “growth”), from αὐξάνειν (auxánein, “to grow”).
auxesis (countable and uncountable, plural auxeses)
- (rhetoric) A rhetorical device whereby the subject matter is made greater, particularly
- (rhetoric) Overstatement, hyperbole.
- 1577, Henry Peacham, Garden of Eloquence:
- Avxesis, when we vse a greater word for a lesse, or thus, when the word is greater then the thing is in deede.
- (rhetoric, obsolete) Arrangement of a series in ascending order.
- (biology) Biological growth, (now usually restricted to) expansion or growth of an organism apart from that due to cellular division.
1842, R. Dunglison, Medical Lexicon:
- Auxesis, augmentation, increase.
- 1940 November 9, Nature, 618/1:
- Botanists do still distinguish between auxesis or growth by expansion, and merisis or growth by cell-multiplication.
- (chemistry) The condition of being auxetic