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noun, plural: processes
(general) A naturally occurring or designed sequence of changes of properties or attributes of an object or system.
(science) A method or event that results in a transformation in a physical or biological object, a substance or an organism; a change from one state to another.
(biology) Any of the chemical reactions or other events that results in a transformation.
(anatomy) A projection, appendage, or outgrowth of tissue from a larger body.
(general) To perform or undergo a particular process.
(biology) Biological processes include:

(anatomy) Examples of processes include:

  • the mastoid process
  • the xyphoid process
  • the acromion process
  • the spinous process extends from rearward from the centre of each vertebra
  • coracoid process
  • vertebral transverse processes
  • Word origin: From Old French proces: journey, from Latin processus (past participle of procedere).

    Related forms: processed (adjective).

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