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noun, plural am·phi·ar·thro·ses [am-fee-ahr-throh-seez] /ˌæm fi ɑrˈθroʊ siz/. Anatomy.
  1. a joint permitting only slight motion, as that between the vertebrae.

Origin of amphiarthrosis

1830–40; amphi- + Greek árthrōsis articulation. See arthro-, -osis
Related formsam·phi·ar·thro·di·al, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • When there is little movement the term half-joint or amphiarthrosis is used.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 5


British Dictionary definitions for amphiarthrosis


noun plural -ses (-siːz)
  1. anatomy a type of articulation permitting only slight movement, as between the vertebrae of the backbone

Word Origin

C19: from amphi- + Greek arthrōsis articulation, from arthron a joint
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amphiarthrosis in Medicine


  1. movable joint
Related formsam′phi•ar•throdi•al (-thrōdē-əl) adj.