One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An almost immovable joint between bones bound by a layer of cartilage, as in the vertebrae.
- ‘It would seem that the prognosis, in terms of craniofacial development, is primarily related to which sutures and synchondroses that are fused, the age at onset of fusion, and the sequence of fusion.’
- ‘These findings indicate that the stage of fusion of the basilar synchondrosis is not a good indicator of age in male cadavers.’
- ‘Closure of the ischiopubic synchondrosis is variable and can occur as early as 3 years.’
- ‘It has been hypothesized that asymmetric growth of the vertebral neurocentral synchondrosis could lead to the development of spinal deformity.’
- ‘Other synchondroses are permanent; for example, the joints between the ribs and the costal cartilages of the rib cage.’
Late 16th century: from modern Latin, from Greek sunkhondrōsis, from sun- ‘together’ + khondros ‘cartilage’.
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