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[kon-dahyl, -dl]
  1. Anatomy. the smooth surface area at the end of a bone, forming part of a joint.
  2. (in arthropods) a similar process formed from the hard integument.
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Origin of condyle

1625–35; variant of condyl < New Latin condylus knuckle < Greek kóndylos
Related formscon·dy·lar, adjectivein·ter·con·dy·lar, adjectivepost·con·dy·lar, adjectivepre·con·dy·lar, adjectivetrans·con·dy·lar, adjective
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Historical Examples

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

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for condylar


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

Word Origin

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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condylar in Medicine


  1. Relating to a condyle.
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(kŏndīl′, -dl)
  1. A rounded prominence at the end of a bone, most often for articulation with another bone.
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condylar in Science


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