sys·​sar·​co·​sis | \ ˌsisärˈkōsə̇s \
plural syssarcoses\ -​ōˌsēz \

Definition of syssarcosis

: the junction of two or more bones by means of attached muscles (such as the scapula with the thorax or the hyoid with the mandible and sternum)

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History and Etymology for syssarcosis

New Latin, from Greek syssarkōsis fact of being overgrown with flesh, from syssarkousthai to be overgrown with flesh also (from syn- + sarkousthai, passive of sarkoun to make fleshy, grow fleshy, from sark-, sarx flesh) + -sis

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“Syssarcosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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