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[gom-foh-sis] /gɒmˈfoʊ sɪs/
noun, plural gomphoses
[gom-foh-seez] /gɒmˈfoʊ siz/ (Show IPA).
an immovable articulation in which one bone or part is received in a cavity in another, as a tooth in its socket.
Origin of gomphosis
1570-80; < New Latin < Greek gomphō-, verbid stem of gomphoûn to bolt together (derivative of gómphos bolt, nail) + New Latin -sis -sis; see -osis Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
(anatomy) a form of immovable articulation in which a peglike part fits into a cavity, as in the setting of a tooth in its socket
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin, from Greek gomphoein to bolt together, from gomphos tooth, peg
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gomphosis gom·pho·sis (gŏm-fō'sĭs)
n. pl. gom·pho·ses (-sēz)
A type of immovable articulation, as of a tooth inserted into its bony socket. Also called peg-and-socket joint.

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