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Gliding joint

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Definition

noun, plural: gliding joints

A synovial joint in which only a slight, sliding or gliding motion is allowed in the plane of articular surfaces.


Supplement

Examples are the intermetacarpal joints and the acromioclavicular joint (between the acromion of the scapula and the clavicle).


Synonym:

  • plane (or planar) joint
  • arthrodia
  • arthrodial joint
  • arthrodial articulation