from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Anatomy The consolidation of bones or their parts to form a single unit.
- n. Pathology The stiffening and immobility of a joint as the result of disease, trauma, surgery, or abnormal bone fusion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The growing together of bones to form a single unit.
- n. The stiffening of a joint as the result of such abnormal fusion.
- n. An onset of stiffness or inflexibility.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as anchylosis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy and zoology, the consolidation or fusion of two or more bones in one, or the union of the different parts of a bone; bony union; synosteosis: as, the ankylosis of the cranial bones one with another; the ankylosis of the different elements of the temporal bone; the ankylosis of an epiphysis with the shaft of a bone.
- n. In pathology, stiffness and immovability of a joint; morbid adhesion of the articular ends of contiguous bones.
- n. Improperly spelled anchylosis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. abnormal adhesion and rigidity of the bones of a joint
New Latin, from Greek ankulōsis, stiffening of the joints, from ankuloun, to crook, bend, from ankulos, crooked, bent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀγκύλωσις (ankulōsis, "a stiffening of the joints"), from ἀγκυλόειν (ankuloein, "to crook, bend"), from ἀγκύλος (ankulos, "bent, or crooked"). (Wiktionary)