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[kon-dahyl, -dl] /ˈkɒn daɪl, -dl/
Anatomy. the smooth surface area at the end of a bone, forming part of a joint.
(in arthropods) a similar process formed from the hard integument.
Origin of condyle
1625-35; variant of condyl < New Latin condylus knuckle < Greek kóndylos
Related forms
condylar, adjective
intercondylar, adjective
postcondylar, adjective
precondylar, adjective
transcondylar, adjective Unabridged
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the rounded projection on the articulating end of a bone, such as the ball portion of a ball-and-socket joint
Derived Forms
condylar, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin condylus knuckle, joint, from Greek kondulos
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Word Origin and History for condyle

1630s, "knob at the end of a bone," from French condyle (16c.), from Latin condylus, from Greek kondylos "a knuckle," of unknown origin.

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condyle in Medicine

condyle con·dyle (kŏn'dīl', -dl)
A rounded prominence at the end of a bone, most often for articulation with another bone.

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condyle in Science
A round, protruding part at the end of a bone, especially one that forms part of a joint.
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