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.