ad·ven·ti·tious (ăd′vĕn-tĭshəs, -vən-)
1. Arising from an external cause or factor; not inherent: symmetry that was purely adventitious; adventitious circumstances that contributed to the plan's success.
a. Of or belonging to a structure that develops in an unusual place: adventitious roots.
b. Originating from an external source, especially as a contaminant: adventitious viruses in a cell culture.
c. Not congenital: adventitious deafness.
[From Latin adventīcius, foreign, from adventus, arrival; see ADVENT.]
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adventitious roots of a corn plant
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