[ sin-dez-moh-sis, -des- ]
/ ˌsɪn dɛzˈmoʊ sɪs, -dɛs- /

noun, plural syn·des·mo·ses [sin-dez-moh-seez, -des-] /ˌsɪn dɛzˈmoʊ siz, -dɛs-/. Anatomy.

a connection of bones by ligaments, fasciae, or membranes other than in a joint.

Nearby words

  1. syndesmodial joint,
  2. syndesmopexy,
  3. syndesmophyte,
  4. syndesmoplasty,
  5. syndesmorrhaphy,
  6. syndesmotomy,
  7. syndetic,
  8. syndeton,
  9. syndic,
  10. syndical

Origin of syndesmosis

1720–30; < Greek sýndesm(os) bond (see syndesmectomy) + -osis

Related formssyn·des·mot·ic [sin-dez-mot-ik, -des-] /ˌsɪn dɛzˈmɒt ɪk, -dɛs-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for syndesmosis


/ (ˌsɪndɛsˈməʊsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)

anatomy a type of joint in which the articulating bones are held together by a ligament of connective tissue
Derived Formssyndesmotic (ˌsɪndɛsˈmɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for syndesmosis

New Latin, from Greek sundein to bind together; see syndesis

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Medicine definitions for syndesmosis


[ sĭn′dĕz-mōsĭs ]

n. pl. syn•des•mo•ses (-sēz)

A form of fibrous joint in which opposing surfaces that are relatively far apart are united by ligaments.syndesmodial joint
Related formssyn′des•motic (-mŏtĭk) adj.

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