AskDefine | Define symphysis

Dictionary Definition



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

User Contributed Dictionary



  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.


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