Definition of “epiphysis” - English Dictionary


“epiphysis” in English

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epiphysisnoun [ C ]

uk /əˈpɪf.ɪ.sɪs/ us /əˈpɪf.ə.sɪs/ plural epiphyses /əˈpɪf.ɪ.siːz/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • In paralysed limbs the growth from the epiphyses is usually little short of the normal. 
  • In the acute arthritis of infants, the epiphysis concerned may be separated and displaced. 
  • In the upper limb the more active epiphyses are at the shoulder and wrist, and these also are the last to unite. 
  • Separation of an epiphysis nearly always results in infection and destruction of the adjacent joint. 
  • The epiphyses are nourished by a separate system of blood vessels, derived from the arteries which supply the adjacent joint. 

(Definition of “epiphysis” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)