Pronounced: HAL-ucks, noun
Notes: Some people may know this word
The word symphysis means “a growing together”
Our word first came into English in the mid-1500s
Background / Comments
I recognized the ‘sym-‘ (syn- or sun- in Greek) as meaning ‘together’, as in symphony (sounding together) or symbiosis (living together), but didn’t recognize the rest of the word. Our word came into English from Latin, and into Latin from the Greek word symphysis (growing together), which is composed of syn- (with; together) and phyein (to grow). This word is often found in anatomy to describe the fusion of two bones or cartilages.