endochondral ossification


The formation of bone in which a cartilage template is gradually replaced by a bone matrix, as in the formation of long bones or in osteoarthritic ossification of synovial cartilage.

Nearby words

  1. endocentric,
  2. endocervical,
  3. endocervicitis,
  4. endocervix,
  5. endochondral bone,
  6. endocolitis,
  7. endocranial,
  8. endocranial cast,
  9. endocranium,
  10. endocrine

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