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arthrodesis Line breaks: arth|rod¦esis
Pronunciation: /ɑːˈθrɒdɪsɪs/

Definition of arthrodesis in English:


[mass noun]
Surgical immobilization of a joint by fusion of the bones.
Example sentences
  • Also called joint fusion, in arthrodesis your surgeon uses pins to hold your joint in one position.
  • If delayed primary repair is not possible, options include the following: 1) leave it alone, 2) flexor tendon graft through the intact sublimis, and 3) arthrodesis of the DIP joint if unstable.
  • Reconstruction and midcarpal arthrodesis are last-resort procedures that are of questionable benefit to the athlete.


Early 20th century: from arthro- + Greek desis 'binding together'.

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