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Pronunciation: ep'i-fiz-e-od'e-sis


  1. Premature union of the epiphysis with the diaphysis, resulting in cessation of growth.
  2. An operative procedure that partially or totally destroys an epiphysis and may incorporate a bone graft to produce fusion of the epiphysis or premature cessation of its growth; generally undertaken to equalize leg length.

[epiphysis + G. desis, binding]

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