epiphysis[ē pif′ə sis]
- 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 cerebri
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 bheu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- ep′i·phys′i·al , ep′i·phys′e·al