Accre'tion. n.s. [accretio, Lat.] The act of growing to another, so as to encrease it.
Plants do nourish; inanimate bodies do not: they have an accretion, but no alimentation. Bacon's Nat. Hist. № 602.
The changes seem to be effected by the exhaling of the moisture, which may leave the tinging corpuscles more dense, and something augmented by the accretion of the oily and earthy parts of that moisture. Newton's Optics.
Infants support abstinence worst, from the quantity of aliment consumed in accretion. Arbuthnot on Aliments.