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ginglymus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ginglymus a freely moving joint in which the bones are so articulated as to allow extensive movement in one plane
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ginglymus (Anat) A hinge joint; an articulation, admitting of flexion and extension, or motion in two directions only, as the elbow and the ankle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ginglymus In anatomy, a hinge-joint or ginglymoid articulation; a diarthrodial joint permitting movement in one plane only, the result being simple flexion and extension. In man the elbow is strictly a ginglymus; the interphalangeal joints of the fingers and toes are also ginglymoid; the knee is nearly a ginglymus, and the ankle less strictly one.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ginglymus jing′gli-mus (or ging′-), a joint that permits flexion and extension in a single plane, as at the elbow and ankle
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. a hingelike joint, a ball and socket joint
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.

Usage

In literature:

This also, is a ginglymus joint, having but slight lateral motion, and that only when it is in a state of flexion.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
Ginglymus: a hinge joint that permits flexion in one plane.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
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