- the end part of a long bone which is at first separated from the main part by cartilage, but later fuses with it by ossification
- the pineal bodyin full epiphysis cer·ebri
Origin of epiphysisModern Latin from Classical Greek epiphysis, a growth upon, excrescence from epiphyein, to grow upon from epi-, upon + phyein, to grow: see bondage
- The end of a long bone that is originally separated from the main bone by a layer of cartilage but later becomes united to the main bone through ossification.
- See pineal gland.
Origin of epiphysisGreek epiphusis an excrescence epi- epi- phusis growth ; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.
- ep′i·phys′i·al ep′i·phys′e·al
- (anatomy) The pineal gland.
- (anatomy) The rounded end of any long bone.