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auxesis (plural auxeses)
- (rhetoric) A rhetorical device whereby the subject matter is made greater, particularly
- (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.
- (rhetorical increase): amplification, amplificatio, (good) spin
- (overstatement): See hyperbole
- (ascending series): See climax