[ kon-dahyl, -dl ]
/ ˈkɒn daɪl, -dl /


Anatomy. the smooth surface area at the end of a bone, forming part of a joint.
(in arthropods) a similar process formed from the hard integument.

Nearby words

  1. condylar fossa,
  2. condylar joint,
  3. condylar process,
  4. condylarth,
  5. condylarthrosis,
  6. condylectomy,
  7. condyloid,
  8. condyloid canal,
  9. condyloma,
  10. condyloma acuminatum

Origin of condyle

1625–35; variant of condyl < New Latin condylus knuckle < Greek kóndylos

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Examples from the Web for condylar

  • The exoccipital is not perforated by the condylar foramen,—a very exceptional condition.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton|Sidney H. Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for condylar


/ (ˈkɒndɪl) /


the rounded projection on the articulating end of a bone, such as the ball portion of a ball-and-socket joint
Derived Formscondylar, adjective

Word Origin for condyle

C17: from Latin condylus knuckle, joint, from Greek kondulos

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Word Origin and History for condylar



1630s, "knob at the end of a bone," from French condyle (16c.), from Latin condylus, from Greek kondylos "a knuckle," of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for condylar


[ kŏndə-lər ]


Relating to a condyle.


[ kŏndīl′, -dl ]


A rounded prominence at the end of a bone, most often for articulation with another bone.

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Science definitions for condylar


[ kŏndīl′ ]

A round, protruding part at the end of a bone, especially one that forms part of a joint.
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