The physis is the growth plate near the end of bones, from which the new bone cells develop.

growth plate or physis
The physis is an area of rapid cell turnover.


Growth plate fusion

The growth plates fuse in adulthood. Any interference with the growth plates prior to fusion may result in growth anomalies of the limb.

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Growth plate

Dr Sheila Strover (Editor)
BSc (Hons), MB BCh, MBA

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