Definitions

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

  • n. A rounded prominence at the end of a bone, most often for articulation with another bone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A smooth prominence on a bone where it forms a joint with another bone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bony prominence; particularly, an eminence at the end of a bone bearing a rounded articular surface; -- sometimes applied also to a concave articular surface.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy, a protuberance on the end of a bone serving to form an articulation with another bone: more especially applied to the prominences of the occipital bone for articulation with the atlas, to the prominences at the distal extremity of the humerus and femur respectively, and to the proximal articular extremity of the lower jawbone of mammals.
  • n. In the arthropod or articulated animals, a rounded portion of the hard integument fitting into another part to which it is articulated, as the proximal ends of the tibiæ in insects.
  • n. An ancient Greek long measure, the eighth of a foot. See foot.

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

  • n. a round bump on a bone where it forms a joint with another bone

Etymologies

Latin condylus, knuckle, from Greek kondulos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French condyle, from Latin condylus, from Ancient Greek κόνδυλος ("knuckle"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Extending lateralward from the posterior half of the condyle is a quadrilateral plate of bone, the jugular process, excavated in front by the jugular notch, which, in the articulated skull, forms the posterior part of the jugular foramen.

    II. Osteology. 5a. The Cranial Bones. 1. The Occipital Bone

  • The superior articular surfaces of the navicular, lunate, and triangular form a smooth convex surface, the condyle, which is received into the concavity.

    III. Syndesmology. 1F. Radiocarpal Articulation or Wrist-joint

  • At the lateral extremity of the condyle is a small tubercle for the attachment of the temporomandibular ligament.

    II. Osteology. 5b. 8. The Mandible (Lower Jaw)

  • The condyle is a smooth, hard, metal ball about 3/16 in in diameter that attaches to the ramus to provide a pivot.

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  • The best news about the injury is that it is in a nonweight bearing area of the knee, the posterior lateral femoral condyle, which is why it was originally thought to be a hamstring injury.

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  • In anterior view, the three specimens share an enlarged medial condyle, which is expanded medially and cranio-caudally

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  • Medial to the lateral condyle is the medial condyle which is not as rounded or as large as the lateral condyle and merges with the main proximal articular surface.

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  • An arthroscopic examination in South Africa revealed a small 2cm x 2. 5cm defect of the medial femoral condyle.

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  • While most birds have just one occipital condyle, hornbills have two, as there is an accessory one on the supraoccipital (the bone that forms the upper border to the foramen magnum).

    Bucorvids: post-Cretaceous maniraptorans on the savannah

  • And no, it's not just a condyle of the ulna peeking through from the other side.

    grouse Diary Entry

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