For reasons which we will explain further on (see p. 127, movements of the lower jaw), the condyle presents differences of form.
condyle, kon′dil, n. a protuberance at the end of a bone serving for articulation with another bone, esp.
In the ox and the sheep, the condyle is lower than the trochlea, but only very little lower.
The skull generally lacks a sagittal crest; and the condyle of the lower jaw is transversely elongated.
It may even slip past the condyle and into the intercondyloid notch, and come to lie against the cruciate ligaments.
Thigh of Locusta Leach, a. Sinus in which the condyle of the tibia works.
The foramen magnum is very small, being less in width than the condyle on either side of it.
The rest of the condyle, on each side, is formed by the exoccipitals.
Each finger-joint has its name, the lowest being called the procondyle, the middle the condyle, and the upper the metacondyle.
In the Bombycillidae the condyle is smallest in Phainoptila, where it is a mere suggestion of a process.
1630s, "knob at the end of a bone," from French condyle (16c.), from Latin condylus, from Greek kondylos "a knuckle," of unknown origin.
condyle con·dyle (kŏn'dīl', -dl)
A rounded prominence at the end of a bone, most often for articulation with another bone.