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ankylosis Line breaks: an¦ky|losis
Pronunciation: /ˌaŋkɪˈləʊsɪs/

Definition of ankylosis in English:


[mass noun] Medicine
Abnormal stiffening and immobility of a joint due to fusion of the bones.
Example sentences
  • There was ankylosis of both sacroiliac joints.
  • Pain relief and frequent passive movements prevent contractures and joint ankylosis.
  • Spondylitis means inflammation of the spine, and ankylosis means that a joint has become fixed solid so that it cannot bend.


Example sentences
  • A preauricular approach was made exposing the ankylotic segment which was extensively resectioned and a new glenoid cavity was created.
  • The treatment plan provides the extraction of the ankylotic deciduous molars and their replacement with implant-borne single crowns.
  • In adults, movement can be restored by removing the ankylotic mass with reconstruction using either a costrochondral graft or alloplastic joint prostheses.


Early 18th century: from Greek ankulōsis, from ankuloun 'to crook', from ankulos 'crooked'.

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