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EPIPHYSIS (epiphyses)

 Dictionary entry overview: What does epiphysis mean? 

EPIPHYSIS (noun)
  The noun EPIPHYSIS has 2 senses:

1. the end of a long bone; initially separated from the main bone by a layer of cartilage that eventually ossifies so the parts become fused
2. a small endocrine gland in the brain; situated beneath the back part of the corpus callosum; secretes melatonin

  Familiarity information: EPIPHYSIS used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EPIPHYSIS (noun)


Sense 1epiphysis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The end of a long bone; initially separated from the main bone by a layer of cartilage that eventually ossifies so the parts become fused

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Hypernyms ("epiphysis" is a kind of...):

long bone; os longum (in limbs of vertebrate animals: a long cylindrical bone that contains marrow)


Sense 2epiphysis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small endocrine gland in the brain; situated beneath the back part of the corpus callosum; secretes melatonin

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

epiphysis cerebri; pineal body; pineal gland; epiphysis

Hypernyms ("epiphysis" is a kind of...):

ductless gland; endocrine; endocrine gland (any of the glands of the endocrine system that secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream)


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