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noun, plural en·ar·thro·ses [en-ahr-throh-seez] /ˌɛn ɑrˈθroʊ siz/. Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. ball-and-socket joint.
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Origin of enarthrosis

1625–35; < New Latin < Greek enárthrōsis; see en-2, arthrosis1
Related formsen·ar·thro·di·al [en-ahr-throh-dee-uh l] /ˌɛn ɑrˈθroʊ di əl/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for enarthrosis

Historical Examples

  • Ball and socket joints (Enarthrosis), allowing free movement in any direction, as in the shoulder and hip.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 5


British Dictionary definitions for enarthrosis


noun plural -ses (-siːz)
  1. anatomy a ball-and-socket joint, such as that of the hip
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Derived Formsenarthrodial, adjective

Word Origin

C17: via New Latin from Greek, from arthrōsis, from arthron a joint + -osis
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enarthrosis in Medicine


  1. ball-and-socket joint