MEANING: noun: A growing together.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin, from Greek symphysis (growing together), from syn- (with) + phyein (to grow). Earliest documented use: 1578.

NOTES: The word is often used in anatomy to describe the fusion of two bones, cartilages, etc. It is also used for the line or junction thus formed.

SYLPHYSIS - a sisterhood of airy wraith-like creatures (see also NYMPHYSIS)

SYMPHNYSIS - my female sib plays for the Philharmonic

SYMPHYSICS - the Unified Theory of Everything