Definition of concrescence in English:


Pronunciation /kənˈkresəns/ /kənˈkrɛsəns/


  • The coalescence or growing together of parts originally separate.

    ‘However, the two theories do clash, and this stems from the implicit assumption in the lepidomorial theory that ontogenetic and phylogenetic patterns equate; i.e., phylogenetic concrescence results from ontogenetic concrescence.’
    • ‘Indeed, on this basis it is possible to reject the implicit axiom of the lepidomorial theory, that all change occurs through ontogenetic concrescence, as well as the principle that ontogenetic concrescence is possible.’
    • ‘Phylogenetic patterns of concrescence and differentiation are similarly achieved through ontogenetic developmental differentiation, or a lack thereof.’
    • ‘Attempts to discriminate between phylogenetic patterns of concrescence or differentiation among serially homologous elements are therefore entirely futile.’
    • ‘Clearly, it is extremely difficult to reconcile whether phylogenetic differentiation or concrescence is responsible for a decrease in the number of skeletal elements.’
    • ‘An assertion that differentiation is a more parsimonious interpretation of phylogenetic patterns than is concrescence, as argued by the odontode regulation theory, implies certainty and data where there are none.’
    • ‘Hertwig and Goodrich turned Williamson's hypothesis of concrescence in the development of scales to one of concrescence in the evolution of development of scales and dermal bones.’
    • ‘A concrescence of prehensions, then, is a growing together of processes of becoming that allows some relations to function as a unified, distinct thing, or ‘actual entity.’’
    • ‘But I do feel that English, like Hebrew, is simply one manifestation or concrescence of that universal code.’
    • ‘The Will of the Absolute focuses into a point of concrescence to enter the Kingdom of Earth.’
    • ‘Thus, large or complex teeth and scales arise through changes in the morphogenesis of individual primordia, rather than through the concrescence of primordia.’
    • ‘Music more than any other art forces us to feel causal efficacy, the compulsion of process, the dominating control of the physically given over possibilities throughout the concrescence of an experience.’
    • ‘When the concrescence is complete, an actual occasion or actual entity's private life (during which it has been prehending) comes to an end.’
    • ‘During later stages of development, the entire ovary wall of typical flowers is formed by the concrescence of the walls of adjacent carpels.’


Early 17th century (in the senses ‘growth by assimilation’ and ‘a concretion’): from con-‘together’ + -crescence, on the pattern of words such as excrescence. The current sense dates from the late 19th century.