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Growth refers to a positive change in size, and/or maturation, often over a period of time. Growth can occur as a stage of maturation or a process toward fullness or fulfillment. It can also perpetuate endlessly, for example, as detailed by some theories of the ultimate fate of the universe.
The quantity can be:
- Physical (e.g., growth in height, growth in an amount of money)
- Abstract (e.g., a system becoming more complex, an organism becoming more mature)
It can also refer to the mode of growth, i.e. numeric models for describing how much a particular quantity grows over time.
- Cell growth
- A tumor is sometimes referred to as a "growth"
- Bacterial growth
- Human development (biology)
- Auxology, the study of all aspects of human physical growth
- Growth hormone
- Primary growth, growth that elongates plants
- Secondary growth, growth that thickens woody plants
- Social science
- Human development (humanity)
- Developmental psychology
- Personal development ("Personal growth")
- Erikson's stages of psychosocial development, stages of individual growth
- Population growth
- Mathematical models
- Linear growth
- Logistic growth, characterized as an S curve
- Exponential growth, also called geometric growth
- Hyperbolic growth
- Growth (film), a 2010 American horror film
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