enarthrosis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n enarthrosis a freely moving joint in which a sphere on the head of one bone fits into a rounded cavity in the other bone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Enarthrosis (Anat) A ball and socket joint, or the kind of articulation represented by such a joint. See Articulation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n enarthrosis In anatomy, a ball-and-socket joint; a kind of movable arthrosis or free articulation which consists in the socketing of a convex end of a bone in a concavity of another bone, forming a joint freely movable in every direction. The hip and shoulder are characteristic examples. Also enarthrodia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Enarthrosis en-ar-thrō′sis (anat.) a joint of 'ball-and-socket' form, allowing motion in all directions
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. , fr. jointed; in + joint
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—en, in, and arthroein, arthrōsein, to fasten by a joint—arthron, a joint.

Usage

In literature:

Enarthrosis: an articulation like a ball and socket joint.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
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