Definition of ankylose in English:


Syllabification: an·ky·lose
Pronunciation: /ˈaNGkəˌlōs, -ˌlōz


(be/become ankylosed) (Of bones or a joint) be or become stiffened or united by ankylosis.
More example sentences
  • An ankylosed tooth can force adjacent teeth out of position, which can affect the bite.
  • The half-vertebra is, as a rule, ankylosed to adjacent vertebrae.
  • Undeterred by a permanently ankylosed knee joint, he joined the Malayan medical service.


late 18th century: back-formation from ankylosis, on the pattern of words such as anastomose.

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