Symphyses (singular: symphysis) are secondary cartilaginous joints composed of fibrocartilage (and hence also known as fibrocartilaginous joints). They are considered amphiarthroses, meaning that they allow only slight movement and are all found at the skeletal midline. 

Anatomy: General

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rID: 42747
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Fibrocartilaginous joints
  • Symphyses

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: intervertebral disc
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  • Figure 2: pubic symphysis
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  • Case 1: Congenital ribs synchondrosis or symphysis
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