noun Physiology.

a lubricating fluid resembling the white of an egg, secreted by certain membranes, as those of the joints.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for synovial



of or relating to the synovia; (of a joint) surrounded by a synovia-secreting membrane
Derived Formssynovially, adverb



a transparent viscid lubricating fluid, secreted by the membrane lining joints, tendon sheaths, etc

Word Origin for synovia

C17: from New Latin, probably from syn- + Latin ōvum egg
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Word Origin and History for synovial

1756, from synovia, Modern Latin sinovia, probably a coinage of Paracelsus and apparently an invented word.

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synovial in Medicine




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