- the growing together, or the fixed or nearly fixed union, of bones, as that of the two halves of the lower jaw in humans or of the pubic bones in the anterior part of the pelvic girdle.
- a line of junction or articulation so formed.
Origin of symphysis
Examples from the Web for symphysis
Historical Examples of symphysis
The symphysis is long, contracted, and hollowed out in the shape of a ladle.Extinct Birds
The symphysis in the adult Oregon specimen of stejnegeri is 140 mm.The Beaked Whales of the Family Ziphidae
Both pubis and ischium contribute to the symphysis which is often very long.
The symphysis is long and includes part of both pubis and ischium.
The symphysis is rather short and formed by the pubis alone.
- anatomy botany a growing together of parts or structures, such as two bony surfaces joined by an intermediate layer of fibrous cartilage
- a line marking this growing together
- pathol an abnormal adhesion of two or more parts or structures
Word Origin for symphysis
- A form of cartilaginous joint in which union between two bones is effected by fibrocartilage without a synovial membrane.
- A union, meeting point, or commissure of two structures.
- A growing together of bones originally separate, as of the two pubic bones.
- A line or junction thus formed.
- A pathological adhesion or growing together.