- a part or process of a bone separated from the main body of the bone by a layer of cartilage and subsequently uniting with the bone through further ossification.
- pineal gland.
Origin of epiphysis
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The terminations of all three of the leg bones are formed by epiphyses.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
At the same time the epiphyses swell very rapidly, and are painful.
The epiphyses were slightly thickened; there were pain in the limbs, languor, and pallor.
This causes osteo-myelitis, which frequently results in a separation of the epiphyses.
Hemorrhages and separations of the epiphyses or fractures of the long bones dominate the macroscopic picture.Scurvy Past and Present
Alfred Fabian Hess
- the end of a long bone, initially separated from the shaft (diaphysis) by a section of cartilage that eventually ossifies so that the two portions fuse together
- Also called: epiphysis cerebri (ˈsɛrɪˌbraɪ) the technical name for pineal gland
C17: via New Latin from Greek: a growth upon, from epi- + phusis growth, from phuein to bring forth, produce
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- The end of a long bone that is originally separated from the main bone by a layer of cartilage but that later becomes united to the main bone through ossification.
- pineal body
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