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noun Physiology.
  1. a lubricating fluid resembling the white of an egg, secreted by certain membranes, as those of the joints.
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Origin of synovia

1640–50; < New Latin, equivalent to syn- syn- + Latin ōv- (stem of ōvum egg1) + -ia -ia
Related formssyn·o·vi·al, adjectivesyn·o·vi·al·ly, adverbsub·syn·o·vi·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for synovia

Historical Examples of synovia

  • When these sacs are overdistended by reason of an excessive secretion of synovia, they are called windgalls.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Synovia in some abundance, mixed with pus, sometimes escaped in considerable quantity when infection had opened up the tracks.

  • The knee-joint is filled with blood and synovia, which usually extend into the bursa under the quadriceps.

  • The tissues of the bone and bursa are insufficiently nourished, and the secretion of synovia lessened.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

    Harry Caulton Reeks

  • It is ordinarily unnecessary to dress foot-wounds oftener than every second week after the discharge of synovia has ceased.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix

British Dictionary definitions for synovia


  1. a transparent viscid lubricating fluid, secreted by the membrane lining joints, tendon sheaths, etc
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Word Origin for synovia

C17: from New Latin, probably from syn- + Latin ōvum egg
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synovia in Medicine


  1. A clear, thixotropic lubricating fluid secreted by membranes in joint cavities, tendon sheaths, and bursae.synovial fluid
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Related formssyn•ovi•al adj.
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