symphysis

noun
sym·​phy·​sis | \ ˈsim(p)-fə-səs How to pronounce symphysis (audio) \
plural symphyses\ ˈsim(p)-​fə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce symphysis (audio) \

Definition of symphysis

1 : an immovable or more or less movable articulation of various bones in the median plane of the body
2 : an articulation in which the bony surfaces are connected by pads of fibrous cartilage without a synovial membrane

Examples of symphysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This injury meant that Listenbee was experiencing serious inflammation in the pubic symphysis (which refers to the cartilage uniting the two pubic bones) and surrounding muscles. Michael Mccann, SI.com, 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of symphysis

circa 1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for symphysis

New Latin, from Greek, state of growing together, from symphyesthai to grow together, from syn- + phyein to make grow, bring forth — more at be

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The first known use of symphysis was circa 1578

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“Symphysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/symphysis. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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symphysis

noun
sym·​phy·​sis | \ ˈsim(p)-fə-səs How to pronounce symphysis (audio) \
plural symphyses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce symphysis (audio) \

Medical Definition of symphysis

1 : an immovable or more or less movable articulation of various bones in the median plane of the body — see pubic symphysis
2 : an articulation (as between the bodies of vertebrae) in which the bony surfaces are connected by pads of fibrous cartilage without a synovial membrane

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