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1. the act or process of melting.
2. the merging or coherence of adjacent parts or bodies.
3. the coordination of separate images of the same object in the two eyes into one.
4. the operative formation of an ankylosis or arthrosis.
diaphyseal-epiphyseal fusion operative establishment of bony union between the epiphysis and diaphysis of a bone.
spinal fusion surgical creation of ankylosis between contiguous vertebrae; used in treatment of spondylosis and ruptured intervertebral disk. Called also spondylosyndesis.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
spi·nal fu·sion, spine fusion
an operative procedure to accomplish bony ankylosis between two or more vertebrae.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
spinal fusionSpondylosyndesis Orthopedics A procedure in which multiple vertebrae are operatively fused, usually with diskectomy or laminectomy; while SF ↑ spinal stability, virtually eliminates pain, ROM is lost
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
spi·nal fu·sion, spine fusion (spī'năl fyū'zhŭn, spīn)
A surgical procedure to accomplish bony ankylosis between two or more vertebrae.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
spinal fusionA surgical procedure to effect permanent healing between the bodies of two or more adjacent VERTEBRAE. This is done to avoid dangerous movement between vertebrae arising from bone disease of various kinds.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
An operation in which the bones of the lower spine are permanently joined together using a bone graft obtained usually from the hip.
Mentioned in: Spinal Instrumentation
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