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epiphysis

[ih-pif-uh-sis] /ɪˈpɪf ə sɪs/
noun, plural epiphyses
[ih-pif-uh-seez] /ɪˈpɪf əˌsiz/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy
1.
a part or process of a bone separated from the main body of the bone by a layer of cartilage and subsequently uniting with the bone through further ossification.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Neo-Latin < Greek epíphysis a growth upon, equivalent to epi- epi- + phýsis growth (phȳ́(ein) to make grow, bring forth, produce + -sis -sis)
Related forms
epiphyseal
[ep-uh-fiz-ee-uh l, ih-pif-uh-see-uh l, -zee-] /ˌɛp əˈfɪz i əl, ɪˌpɪf əˈsi əl, -ˈzi-/ (Show IPA),
epiphysial, adjective
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Examples for epiphyseal
  • In the long bones of humans, the epiphyseal plate disappears by twenty years of age.
British Dictionary definitions for epiphyseal

epiphysis

/ɪˈpɪfɪsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1.
the end of a long bone, initially separated from the shaft (diaphysis) by a section of cartilage that eventually ossifies so that the two portions fuse together
2.
Also called epiphysis cerebri (ˈsɛrɪˌbraɪ) the technical name for pineal gland
Derived Forms
epiphyseal, epiphysial (ˌɛpɪˈfɪzɪəl) adjective
Word Origin
C17: via New Latin from Greek: a growth upon, from epi- + phusis growth, from phuein to bring forth, produce
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epiphyseal in Medicine

epiphysis e·piph·y·sis (ĭ-pĭf'ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. e·piph·y·ses (-sēz')

  1. The end of a long bone that is originally separated from the main bone by a layer of cartilage but that later becomes united to the main bone through ossification.

  2. See pineal body.


ep'i·phys'i·al (ěp'ə-fĭz'ē-əl) or ep'i·phys'e·al (ěp'ə-fĭz'ē-əl, -fə-sē'əl) adj.
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