Syndesmosis

Definition

noun, plural: syndesmoses

A joint in which the contiguous bony surfaces that are relatively far apart are united by ligaments, fasciae, or membranes other than in a joint.


Supplement

Examples of this type of fibrous joint are found between the radius and ulna, between the shaft of the tibia and the shaft of the fibula.


Word origin: from Greek sundesmos, bond, ligament, from sundein, to bind together.
Related forms: syndesmotic (adjective).
Synonym: syndesmodial joint.
See also: articulation, fibrous joint.

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