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  • noun (Med.) Stiffness or fixation of a joint; formation of a stiff joint.
  • noun (Anat.) The union of two or more separate bones to from a single bone; the close union of bones or other structures in various animals.
  • noun abnormal adhesion and rigidity of the bones of a joint.

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  • noun anatomy, medicine Alternative spelling of ankylosis.

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  • noun abnormal adhesion and rigidity of the bones of a joint


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  • The word anchylosis signifies the stiffening of a joint.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • There are cases, however, which terminate in no more favorable a result than the union of the bones and occlusion of the joint, to form an anchylosis, which is scarcely a condition to justify a high degree of satisfaction, as it insures a permanent lameness with very little capacity for usefulness.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

  • Unfortunately the art soon fell into the hands of quacks, but it was again brought within the sphere of medicine proper by Fabricius ab Aquapendente, the scholar of Fallopia, who utilized it, especially for affections of the joints, such as anchylosis and others.

    Labor Among Primitive Peoples

  • A saint who dwells in a paroxysm of abnegation is a dangerous neighbor; he might communicate to you, by contagion, an incurable poverty, an anchylosis of the joints, which are useful in advancement, and in short, more renunciation than you desire; and this infectious virtue is avoided.

    Les Miserables

  • As the bone presents no sign of rachitic degeneration, it may be supposed that an injury sustained during life was the cause of the anchylosis.


  • The end result is one of anchylosis of the joint and permanent lameness.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • The under surface of the navicular bone was much enlarged and roughened by this bony deposit, which extended on to the os pedis, causing complete anchylosis at each extremity of the navicular.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • Unless there is reasonable room for belief that this may be done, the operation had far better not be advised, for if the wound is afterwards suffered to get into a suppurating and dirty condition, the last stage of the case may be worse than the first Synovitis and arthritis, with certain anchylosis of the joint, and a probable loss of our patient, is almost bound to follow.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • It is probable that after passing several months or years in a state of immobility fakirs no longer experience any desire to change their position, and even did they so desire, it would be impossible owing to the atrophy of their muscles and the anchylosis of their joints.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 446, July 19, 1884

  • If this storing takes place in the joints, the result may be rheumatism or gout and at times even a complete locking of the joints (anchylosis).

    Maintaining Health Formerly Health and Efficiency


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