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MCAT Question A Day - 7/13/13 - Answer!

The epiphyseal plates are considered cartilaginous joints called synchondroses. How would they be classified based on the amount of movement observed at these joints?

A.  Synarthrotic
B.  Amphiarthrotic
C.  Diarthrotic
D.  Synovial

The correct answer is (A). Since no movement occurs inside the ends of long bones, synchondroses are synarthrotic joints. Choice (D) (synovial) refers to the synovial membrane that lines freely movable (diarthrotic) joints.