symphysis

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek, via sym- + φύσις (phúsis, growth)

Noun[edit]

symphysis (plural symphyses)

  1. The process of two, originally separate bones growing together as the mammalian subject matures, as with the pubic bones or lower jawbones in humans.
  2. A line discernable on X-ray showing such fusion.
  3. The cartilaginous material that adjoins and facilitates the junction of such bones, with or without synovia.