[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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for intercondylar


  1. 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 intercondylar



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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intercondylar in Medicine


[kŏndīl′, -dl]
  1. A rounded prominence at the end of a bone, most often for articulation with another bone.
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intercondylar 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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