AskDefine | Define symphysis

Dictionary Definition

symphysis

Noun

1 an abnormal adhesion of two or more structures
2 a growing together of parts or structures [also: symphyses (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Noun

  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.

Extensive Definition

A symphysis is a fibrocartilaginous fusion between two bones. It is a type of cartilaginous joint.
Unlike synchondroses, symphyses are permanent.

Examples

The more prominent symphyses are:
symphysis in German: Symphyse
symphysis in Low German: Symphys
symphysis in Slovak: Symfýza
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