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noun, plural an·co·nes [ang-koh-neez] /æŋˈkoʊ niz/.
  1. the elbow.
  2. Architecture. a bracket or console, as one supporting part of a cornice.

Origin of ancon

1700–10; < Latin < Greek ankṓn elbow
Related formsan·co·nal [ang-kohn-l] /æŋˈkoʊn l/, an·co·ne·al [ang-koh-nee-uh l] /æŋˈkoʊ ni əl/, adjectivean·con·oid, adjectivesub·an·co·ne·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for anconal

Historical Examples

  • Anconal aspect of the distal extremity of the right humerus of "Meleagris antiquus" of Marsh.

    The Wild Turkey and Its Hunting

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British Dictionary definitions for anconal


ancone (ˈæŋkəʊn)

noun plural ancones (æŋˈkəʊniːz)
  1. architect a projecting bracket or console supporting a cornice
  2. a former technical name for elbow
Derived Formsanconal (æŋˈkəʊnəl) or anconeal (æŋˈkəʊnɪəl), adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Greek ankōn a bend
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anconal in Medicine


(ăngkə-nəl, ăng-kō-)
  1. Relating to the elbow.
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