Appositional growth



Growth by forming new layers on the surface of pre-existing layers; process of increasing in thickness rather than length.


In bones, this method of growth is accomplished by the addition of newly formed cartilage on the surface of the previously formed cartilage. The result is growth in diameter rather than in length.

Compare: interstitial growth.

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