- 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.
Origin of condyle
1625–35; variant of condyl < New Latin condylus knuckle < Greek kóndylos
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The exoccipital is not perforated by the condylar foramen,—a very exceptional condition.The Vertebrate Skeleton
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- the rounded projection on the articulating end of a bone, such as the ball portion of a ball-and-socket joint
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.
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- Relating to a condyle.
- A rounded prominence at the end of a bone, most often for articulation with another bone.
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- A round, protruding part at the end of a bone, especially one that forms part of a joint.
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