Share this entry
arthrodesis Syllabification: ar·throd·e·sis
Pronunciation: /ärˈTHrädəsəs/

Definition of arthrodesis in English:


Surgical immobilization of a joint by fusion of the adjacent 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'.

Definition of arthrodesis in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources