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symphysis

 [sim´fĭ-sis] (Gr.)
a site or line of union; a type of joint in which the apposed bony surfaces are firmly united by a plate of fibrocartilage.
symphysis menta´lis the line of fusion in the median plane of the mandible that marks the union of the two halves of the mandible.
pubic symphysis (symphysis pu´bis) the line of union of the bodies of the pubic bones in the median plane.

sym·phy·sis

, gen.

sym·phy·ses

(sim'fi-sis, -sēz), [TA]
1. Form of cartilaginous joint in which union between two bones is effected by means of fibrocartilage. Synonym(s): amphiarthrosis
2. A union, meeting point, or commissure of any two structures.
3. A pathologic adhesion or growing together.
[G. a growing together]

symphysis

(sĭm′fĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. symphy·ses (-sēz′)
1.
a. A growing together of bones originally separate, as of the two pubic bones or the two halves of the lower jawbone.
b. A line or junction thus formed.
c. An articulation in which bones are united by cartilage without a synovial membrane.
2. The coalescence of similar parts or organs.

sym′phy·se′al (sĭm′fĭ-sē′əl), sym·phys′i·al (sĭm-fĭz′ē-əl) adj.

sym·phy·sis

, pl. symphyses (sim'fi-sis, -sēz)
1. [TA] Form of cartilaginous joint in which union between two bones is effected by means of fibrocartilage.
2. A union, meeting point, or commissure of any two structures.
3. A pathologic adhesion or growing together.
[G. a growing together]

symphysis

A joint in which the component bones are immovably held together by strong, fibrous cartilage. There is a symphysis between the two pubic bones at the front of the pelvis.

symphysis

  1. the point of fusion of two bones.
  2. a moveable articulation between bones joined by fibrocartilage.

sym·phy·sis

, pl. symphyses (sim'fi-sis, -sēz)
1. Form of cartilaginous joint in which union between two bones is effected with fibrocartilage.
2. Union, meeting point, or commissure of any two structures.
[G. a growing together]