ankylosis

[ang-kuh-loh-sis]
noun
  1. Pathology. abnormal adhesion of the bones of a joint.
  2. Anatomy. the union or consolidation of two or more bones or other hard tissues into one.

Origin of ankylosis

1705–15; < Greek: a stiffening of the joints. See ankylo-, -osis
Related formsan·ky·lot·ic [ang-kuh-lot-ik] /ˌæŋ kəˈlɒt ɪk/, adjective
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ankylosis

anchylosis

noun
  1. 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
Derived Formsankylotic or anchylotic (ˌæŋkɪˈlɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for ankylosis

C18: from New Latin, from Greek ankuloun to crook
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Word Origin and History for ankylosis
n.

stiffening of joints after injury or surgery, alternative (and more etymological) spelling of anchylosis (q.v.).

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ankylosis in Medicine

ankylosis

[ăng′kə-lōsĭs]
n.
  1. The stiffening or immobility of a joint resulting from disease, trauma, surgery, or bone fusion.
Related formsan′ky•lotic (-lŏtĭk) adj.
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