One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The end part of a long bone, initially growing separately from the shaft.Compare with diaphysis
- ‘The skeleton is highly incomplete, consisting of hand and foot bones, epiphyses, ribs, vertebrae, the right ilium, and teeth.’
- ‘This growth occurs at the epiphyses, where the main shaft of a bone joins the parts which are shaped to fit a joint at each end.’
- ‘Total body or spinal radiation may compromise spinal growth through a direct effect on the epiphyses.’
- ‘The use of androgens by adolescents who have not completed their full growth will eliminate further growth by closing the bone epiphyses.’
- ‘Two months later an x ray film showed bilateral slipped capital femoral epiphyses of both hips.’
2another term for pineal
Mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek epiphusis, from epi ‘upon, in addition’ + phusis ‘growth’.
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