apoptosis /ˌapə(p)ˈtəʊsɪs/

a

I. noun [ mass noun]

1.
[Physiology] the death of cells which occurs as a normal and controlled part of an organism’s growth or development.

Also called programmed cell death.
II. derivatives

apoptotic /ˌapə(p)ˈtɒtɪk /
adjective


– origin 1970s: from Greek apoptōsis ‘falling off’, from apo ‘from’ + ptōsis ‘falling, a fall’.

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