Anatomy word of the month: pubic symphysis

July 1, 2014 —

pubic-symphysisYou might guess the region of anatomy from associations with puberty.  The pubic symphysis is the point at which the two halves of our pelvic bones come together over the genitalia.  Symphysis comes from the Greek and means a “coming together or natural junction”.  Pubic stems from the Latin and means “adult, full grown”.  Pubescent, another word for puberty, literally means “becoming hairy” in Latin.  So, pubic terms relate to the area of anatomy that becomes an outward sign of sexual maturity.


Dr. Dyche was born in New Jersey and trained at Penn State’s Hershey Medical Center before coming to Des Moines in 1976. Over 30 plus years he has taught gross anatomy, embryology and neuroanatomy. He also served in administration as associate dean for basic sciences, dean of the College of Health Sciences, and acting director of the PA program. He was one of the founding instructors of CPR and ACLS at a time when few medical schools offered this training. He retired to Oregon in 2008, then returned to DMU in 2009. Did he miss the tornadoes, the below zero wind chills or the cadavers?

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