epiphyses epiphyses

Definition(s):

  1. (n) 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. (n) a small endocrine gland in the brain; situated beneath the back part of the corpus callosum; secretes melatonin

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Usage(s):

  • There is the disadvantage that after a brief growth spurt, a child may be permanently stunted because the hormone shuts down the epiphyses (growth ends) of long bones.
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