[ 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.

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 Forms

condylar, adjective

Word Origin for condyle

C17: from Latin condylus knuckle, joint, from Greek kondulos
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Medicine definitions for condylar (1 of 2)


[ kŏndə-lər ]


Relating to a condyle.

Medicine definitions for condylar (2 of 2)


[ 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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