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  1. of or relating to the joints.
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Origin of articular

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin articulāris pertaining to the joints. See article, -ar1
Related formsar·tic·u·lar·ly, adverbin·ter·ar·tic·u·lar, adjectivemul·ti·ar·tic·u·lar, adjectivepost·ar·tic·u·lar, adjective
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Examples from the Web for articular

Historical Examples of articular

  • Cotyla: the articular pan; the cup or socket of a ball and socket joint.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • That the patella and articular surface of the femur are healthy.

  • Czerny and Keller report the articular fluid as invariably sterile.

    Scurvy Past and Present

    Alfred Fabian Hess

  • But no effort availed me to distinguish one articular sound.

    True Ghost Stories

    Hereward Carrington

  • These are the articular, angular, dentary, and splenial (coronoid).

British Dictionary definitions for articular


  1. of or relating to joints or to the structural components in a joint
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Word Origin for articular

C15: from Latin articulāris concerning the joints, from articulus small joint; see article
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Word Origin and History for articular


from Latin articularis "pertaining to the joints," from articulus (see articulate (v.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

articular in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to a joint or joints.
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