Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Growth Plate Region

Site of formation of bone tissue in a growing long bone. The growth plate consists of highly ordered rows of cartilage cells; the row farthest removed from the bony shaft is a germinative cell layer, and is responsible for cell replication and cartilage growth at the bone shaft. Over time the cartilage will be reformed into true bone tissue.

Cf. epiphyseal disk.

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