Ramification vs Outgrowth - What's the difference?

ramification | outgrowth |


As nouns the difference between ramification and outgrowth

is that ramification is (botany|anatomy) a branching-out, the act or result of developing branches; specifically the divergence of the stem and limbs of a plant into smaller ones, or of similar developments in blood vessels, anatomical structures etc while outgrowth is anything that grows out of something else.

ramification

Noun

(en noun)
  • (botany, anatomy) A branching-out, the act or result of developing branches; specifically the divergence of the stem and limbs of a plant into smaller ones, or of similar developments in blood vessels, anatomical structures etc.
  • * 1829 , Lincoln Phelps, Familiar Lectures on Botany , p. 179:
  • The character of trees may be studied to advantage [...] in winter, when the forms of the ramification can be seen in the naked boughs [...].
  • * 1856 , Neil Arnott & Isaac Hayes, Elements of Physics , pp. 414-5:
  • From the left chamber or ventricle'' of the strong muscular mass, the ''heart'', a large tube arises, called the ''aorta ; and by a continued division or ramification , opens a way for the bright scarlet blood to the very minutest part of the living frame [...].
  • An offshoot of a decision, fact etc.; a consequence or implication, especially one which complicates a situation.
  • * 1834 , Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy :
  • The treachery of some of the Jacobite agents (Rashleigh among the rest), and the arrest of others, had made George the First's Government acquainted with the extensive ramifications of a conspiracy long prepared, and which at last exploded prematurely [...].
  • * 2009 , The Guardian , Chris Power, Booksblog, 14 Jul 09:
  • But most often and memorably his work falls into that territory best summed up as speculative fiction, with a particular emphasis on dystopian futures and the existential ramifications of space exploration.
  • (mathematics) An arrangement of branches.
  • outgrowth

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Anything that grows out of something else.
  • # A branch or offshoot of a plant.
  • # An appendage of an animal.
  • # A byproduct or consequence of an action or event.
  • Derived terms

    * neurite outgrowth * neuronal outgrowth