Anatomy word of the month: pubic symphysis

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.

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