- to unite or grow together, as the bones of a joint or the root of a tooth and its surrounding bone.
Origin of ankylose
First recorded in 1780–90; back formation from ankylosis
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Examples from the Web for ankylose
If the paralysis is widely distributed, and the joints are flail-like, it is better to ankylose the ankle and mid-tarsal joints.
- (of bones in a joint, etc) to fuse or stiffen by ankylosis
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