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.
- ep·i·phys·e·al [ep-uh-fiz-ee-uhl, ih-pif-uh-see-uhl, -zee-], /ˌɛp əˈfɪz i əl, ɪˌpɪf əˈsi əl, -ˈzi-/, ep·i·phys·i·al, adjective
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How to use epiphysis in a sentence
It is otherwise known as the "conarium" the "pinus" or "epiphysis."The Mystery of Space | Robert T. Browne
It bears posteriorly a small epiphysis which is really a detached portion of the inferior arch.
The radius or pre-axial bone is the larger of the two, and is a rod-like bone terminated at either end by an epiphysis.
The radius and ulna are nearly equal in size and each consists of a long shaft terminated at either end by an epiphysis.
The terminal phalanx of each digit has an epiphysis only at its proximal end, the others have them at both ends.
British Dictionary definitions for epiphysis
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
- epiphyseal or epiphysial (ˌɛpɪˈfɪzɪəl), adjective
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