- 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 stoppage of the fissuring short of the epiphysis is characteristic.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
It is otherwise known as the "conarium" the "pinus" or "epiphysis."The Mystery of Space
Robert T. Browne
The diagnosis from accidental separation of the epiphysis, or from fractures, may be made from the history of the case.
Suppuration is rare, disjunction of the epiphysis from the diaphysis common.
The periosteum rarely becomes separated at the line of junction of the epiphysis and diaphysis.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
- 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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