Definition of epiphysis in English:

epiphysis

Line breaks: epiphy|sis
Pronunciation: /ɪˈpɪfɪsɪs
 
, ɛ-/

noun (plural epiphyses /-siːz/)

1The end part of a long bone, initially growing separately from the shaft. Compare with diaphysis.
More example sentences
  • The skeleton is highly incomplete, consisting of hand and foot bones, epiphyses, ribs, vertebrae, the right ilium, and teeth.
  • The use of androgens by adolescents who have not completed their full growth will eliminate further growth by closing the bone epiphyses.
  • This growth occurs at the epiphyses, where the main shaft of a bone joins the parts which are shaped to fit a joint at each end.
2 another term for pineal.

Origin

mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek epiphusis, from epi 'upon, in addition' + phusis 'growth'.

Derivatives

epiphyseal

Pronunciation: /ˌɛpɪˈfɪzɪəl/
adjective
More example sentences
  • The infection spreads and destroys the epiphyseal cortex, the intervertebral disc and the adjacent vertebrae.
  • A shortening of the limbs is characteristic of other conditions such as diastrophic dysplasia, multiple epiphyseal dysplasia and pseudoachondroplasia.
  • Another type of fracture common in children is a growth plate fracture, called an epiphyseal plate fracture.

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