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Chris -- 2015-05-30
A common and vaguely similar word subsituted for a rare one. The pubic symphysis is a pelvic joint. About 200 ghits:
A statement said that Henson was diagnosed with damage to the pubic synthesis,
a cartilaginous joint where the pubic bones meet each other.
the tool also may be used to realign the pubic synthesis. ... alignment of the
pubic synthesis is created through Use of the mobilization tool …
The pubic bones meet each other in the median plane through
a cartilaginous joint called the pubic synthesis (8).
The anterior border is at the pubic synthesis and the posterior borders are
between the S2-S3 junction.
The 23-year-old, whose initial prognosis was a six-month layoff after being
diagnosed with damage to his pubic synthesis, should now be back in action…
The pelvic girdle is composed of the innominate bones which are linked at the
anterior by the pubic synthesis (1). and at the posterior by the sacrum (2).
I’m surprised to see the pubic symphysis error twice in the Mayo Clinic article—you would think they’d proofread a little more carefully!
Medical eggcorns are in a class by themselves, and I thoroughly enjoyed your ‘infantigo’ contribution. As adults they can look forward to ‘prostrate’ problems and ‘old-timer’s’ disease!