n. pl. gom·pho·ses (-sēz)
A type of immovable articulation, as of a tooth inserted into its bony socket.
[Greek gomphōsis, from gomphoun, to fasten with bolts, from gomphos, bolt; see gembh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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