Dr Yusra Sheikh and Dr Andrew Dixon et al.

Synchondroses (singular: synchondrosis) are primary cartilaginous joints mainly found in the developing skeleton, but a few also persist in the mature skeleton as normal structures or as variants.


Synchondroses are cartilaginous unions between bone composed entirely of hyaline cartilage. Most exist between ossification centers of developing bones, and gradually ossify.

Immature skeletal examples
Mature skeletal examples
Variant examples
Anatomy: General

Article information

rID: 42745
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Synchondroses

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: growth plate
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