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(growth plate) a horizontal band of tissue located between the ends (epiphyses) of a long bone and the growing zone (metaphysis) of the shaft. It is composed of cartilaginous, bony, and fibrous components that combine to allow for longitudinal and latitudinal growth and remodelling of the developing bone (endochondral ossification). See also Salter-Harris classification.

Physis. Growth areas of a long bone.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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