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epiphysis


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Pineal  \Pi"ne*al\,  a.  [L.  pinea  the  cone  of  a  pine,  from  pineus 
  of  the  pine,  from  pinus  a  pine:  cf  F.  pin['e]ale.] 
  Of  or  pertaining  to  a  pine  cone;  resembling  a  pine  cone. 
 
  {Pineal  gland}  (Anat.),  a  glandlike  body  in  the  roof  of  the 
  third  ventricle  of  the  vertebrate  brain;  --  called  also 
  {pineal  body},  {epiphysis},  {conarium}.  In  some  animals  it 
  is  connected  with  a  rudimentary  eye,  the  so-called  pineal 
  eye,  and  in  other  animals  it  is  supposed  to  be  the  remnant 
  of  a  dorsal  median  eye. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Epiphysis  \E*piph"y*sis\,  n.;  pl  {Epiphyses}.  [NL.,  fr  Gr 
  'epi`fysis,  fr  'epify`ein  to  grow  upon  'epi`  upon  +  fy`ein 
  to  grow.]  (Anat.) 
  a  The  end  or  other  superficial  part  of  a  bone,  which 
  ossifies  separately  from  the  central  portion,  or 
  {diaphysis}. 
  b  The  cerebral  epiphysis,  or  pineal  gland.  See  {Pineal 
  gland},  under  {Pineal}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  epiphysis 
  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 




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