adventitious







adventitious


adjective

  1. associated with something by chance rather than as an integral part; extrinsic.
  2. Botany, Zoology. appearing in an abnormal or unusual position or place, as a root.

adjective

  1. added or appearing accidentally or unexpectedly
  2. (of a plant or animal part) developing in an abnormal position, as a root that grows from a stem
adj.

“of the nature of an addition from without,” c.1600, from Medieval Latin adventitius “coming from abroad, extraneous,” a corruption of Latin adventicius “foreign, strange, accidental,” from advent- past participle stem of advenire “arrive” (see advent). Related: Adventitiously; adventitiousness.

adj.

  1. Arising from an external source or occurring in an unusual place or manner; extrinsic.
  2. Occurring accidentally or spontaneously, not caused by heredity.
  3. Adventitial.

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