Symphysis definition

sĭmfĭ-sĭs
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The coalescence of similar parts or organs.
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A growing together of bones originally separate, as of the two pubic bones or the two halves of the lower jawbone.
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A line or junction thus formed.
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An articulation in which bones are united by cartilage without a synovial membrane.
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A growing together or fusing.
  • (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.
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The coalescence of similar parts or organs.
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A growing together of bones originally separate, as of the two pubic bones or the two halves of the lower jawbone.
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A line or junction thus formed.
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An articulation in which bones are united by cartilage without a synovial membrane.
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The process of two, originally separate bones growing together as the mammalian subject matures, as with the pubic bones or lower jawbones in humans.
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A line discernable on X-ray showing such fusion.
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The cartilaginous material that adjoins and facilitates the junction of such bones, with or without synovia.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
symphysis
Plural:
symphyses

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")

    From Wiktionary