What Is the Growth Plate?
The growth plate, also known as the epiphyseal plate or physis, is the area of growing tissue near the ends of the long bones in children and adolescents. Each long bone has at least two growth plates: one at each end. The growth plate determines the future length and shape of the mature bone. When growth is complete—sometime during adolescence—the growth plates close and are replaced by solid bone.
Source: NIAMS (NIH)1
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Growth Plate: The area between the Epiphysis and the Diaphysis within which bone growth occurs.2
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- Growth symptoms: Growth symptoms refers to symptoms regarding the normal process of body growth, and hence is usually related to infants or children. Growth symptoms usually refer to abnormality in the entire
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- Source: NIAMS (NIH): niams.nih.gov/ Health_Info/ Growth_Plate_Injuries/ default.asp
- Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
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