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Section through occipitosphenoid synchondrosis of an infant.
Gray's subject #70 284

Where the connecting medium is cartilage, a joint is termed a synchondrosis. An example of a synchondrosis joint is the sternocostal joint (where the first ribs meet the sternum). In this example, the rib will join up with the sternum via the costal cartilage.

Sometimes, this is a temporary form of joint called epiphyseal growth plate, where the cartilage is converted into bone before adult life. [1 ]

Such joints are found between the epiphyses and bodies of long bones, between the occipital and the sphenoid at, and for some years after, birth, and between the petrous portion of the temporal and the jugular process of the occipital.


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