Ellipsoidal joint

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Definition

noun

A synovial joint in which an oval-shaped process of one bone fits into an elongated or ellipsoidal cavity of the other, allowing movements such as flexion, extension, abduction and adduction.


Supplement

The ellipsoidal joint is a biaxial joint in which two principal axes of motion are at right angles to each other.

Examples are:


Synonyms:

  • articulatio ellipsoidea
  • articulatio condylaris
  • condylar articulation
  • condylar joint
  • condyloid joint