- Pathology. abnormal adhesion of the bones of a joint.
- Anatomy. the union or consolidation of two or more bones or other hard tissues into one.
Origin of ankylosis
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Degeneration of the cartilage tissue: Ankylosis, Gout, Arthritis deformans.Valere Aude
When inflammation has caused the joint-ends of the bones to be fused together the ankylosis is termed osseous or complete.
Ultimately fibrous adhesions, resulting in ankylosis, may occur.
A man with ankylosis of the ego, who is jealous of the stenographer for sufficient reasons.
Creed: A metaphor with ankylosis—a figure of speech frozen stiff with fright.
- abnormal adhesion or immobility of the bones in a joint, as by a direct joining of the bones, a fibrous growth of tissues within the joint, or surgery
C18: from New Latin, from Greek ankuloun to crook
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Word Origin and History for ankylosis
stiffening of joints after injury or surgery, alternative (and more etymological) spelling of anchylosis (q.v.).
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- The stiffening or immobility of a joint resulting from disease, trauma, surgery, or bone fusion.
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