noun, plural e·piph·y·ses [ih-pifuh-seez] /ɪˈpɪf əˌsiz/. Anatomy.

  1. a part or process of a bone separated from the main body of the bone by a layer of cartilage and subsequently uniting with the bone through further ossification.
  2. pineal gland.

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)

  1. the end of a long bone, initially separated from the shaft (diaphysis) by a section of cartilage that eventually ossifies so that the two portions fuse together
  2. Also called: epiphysis cerebri (ˈsɛrɪˌbraɪ) the technical name for pineal gland

n. pl. e•piph•y•ses (-sēz′)

  1. The end of a long bone that is originally separated from the main bone by a layer of cartilage but that later becomes united to the main bone through ossification.
  2. pineal body
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