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)



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