epiphysis

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noun epiph·y·sis \i-ˈpi-fə-səs\

Definition of epiphysis

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epiphyses

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  1. 1 :  a part or process of a bone that ossifies separately and later becomes ankylosed to the main part of the bone; especially :  an end of a long bone

  2. 2 :  pineal gland

Origin and Etymology of epiphysis

New Latin, from Greek, growth, from epiphyesthai to grow on, from epi- + phyesthai to grow, middle voice of phyein to bring forth — more at be


First Known Use: 1634


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epiphysis

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noun epiph·y·sis \i-ˈpif-ə-səs\

Medical Definition of epiphysis

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epiphyses

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  1. 1:  a part or process of a bone that ossifies separately and later becomes ankylosed to the main part of the bone; especially :  an end of a long bone—compare diaphysis

  2. 2:  pineal gland

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