- a lubricating fluid resembling the white of an egg, secreted by certain membranes, as those of the joints.
Origin of synovia
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The synovial membrane is thickened and there is an exudation of serum.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry
It need not necessarily produce similar alterations in serous or synovial membranes and in nervous tissues.
The synovial membrane is thickened, slightly injected, and its fringes hypertrophied and more vascular than normally.
These may be attached to the synovial fringes, or imbedded in the membrane itself, or set free by rupture of their pedicles.
The synovial membrane of the left knee was highly inflamed, and contained a large quantity of pus.
- of or relating to the synovia; (of a joint) surrounded by a synovia-secreting membrane
- a transparent viscid lubricating fluid, secreted by the membrane lining joints, tendon sheaths, etc
C17: from New Latin, probably from syn- + Latin ōvum egg
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Word Origin and History for synovial
1756, from synovia, Modern Latin sinovia, probably a coinage of Paracelsus and apparently an invented word.
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- A clear, thixotropic lubricating fluid secreted by membranes in joint cavities, tendon sheaths, and bursae.synovial fluid
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