Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The surgical fixation of a joint to promote bone fusion, used to treat intractable pain.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In surgery, the operative production of ankylosis in a joint.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Surg.) Surgical fixation of joints.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the fusion of a joint between two or more bones so that the joint can no longer move.

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

  • noun the surgical fixation of a joint which is intended to result in bone fusion

Etymologies

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

[arthro– + Greek desis, binding together (from dein, to bind).]

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