from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To join or consolidate by ankylosis.
  • intransitive v. To become joined or consolidated by ankylosis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cause bony structures to fuse or stiffen as a result of ankylosis.
  • v. To suffer from ankylosis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. Same as anchylose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fix immovably, as a joint; stiffen.
  • In osteology, to become consolidated, as one bone with another or a tooth with a jaw; become firmly united bone to bone; grow together, as two or more bones; effect bony union or ankylosis.
  • Improperly spelled anchylose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. produce ankylosis by surgery
  • v. undergo ankylosis


Back-formation from ankylosis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
back formation from ankylosis (Wiktionary)


  • If the paralysis is widely distributed, and the joints are flail-like, it is better to ankylose the ankle and mid-tarsal joints.

    Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities—Head—Neck. Sixth Edition.

  • The proper sequence consists in correcting the deformity, providing the simplest apparatus to keep the limb in good position, preventing erroneous deflection of body weight during walking, and then allowing the child to grow and develop until he has reached the age of five before considering such an operation as transplanting tendons, and the age of ten before deciding to ankylose

    Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities—Head—Neck. Sixth Edition.

  • "The clergy here are, it may be said, admirable, composed of good and saintly priests; but they vegetate, torpid with inaction; they neither read nor work; their joints become ankylose; they die of weariness in this provincial spot."

    The Cathedral

  • n. - joining together of bones or hard parts; resulting stiffness. ankylose, v.i. (of bones) to fuse or stiffen in this way. ankyroid, ancyroid adj. - having shape of hook.



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