1 an abnormal adhesion of two or more structures
2 a growing together of parts or structures [also: symphyses (pl)]
- The process of two, originally separate bones growing together as the mammalian subject matures, as with the pubic bones or lower jawbones in humans.
- A line discernable on x-ray showing such fusion.
- The cartilaginous material that adjoins and facilitates the junction of such bones, with or without synovia.
Unlike synchondroses, symphyses are permanent.
ExamplesThe more prominent symphyses are:
symphysis in German: Symphyse
symphysis in Low German: Symphys
symphysis in Slovak: Symfýza