- (anat.) The growing together of bones originally separate, as of the two halves of the lower jaw or the two pubic bones; also, the line of junction and fusion of such bones.
- (bot.) The growing together of similar parts of a plant; coalescence.
Other Word Forms
Origin of symphysis
- Greek sumphusis from sumphuein to cause to grow together sun- syn- phuein to cause to grow bheuə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Ancient Greek, via sym- + φύσις (phusis, “growth")