|—n , pl -ses|
|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.||the technical name for pineal gland Also called: epiphysis cerebri|
|[C17: via New Latin from Greek: a growth upon, from |
epiphysis e·piph·y·sis (ĭ-pĭf'ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. e·piph·y·ses (-sēz')
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.
See pineal body.