an·​ky·​lose | \ˈaŋ-ki-ˌlōs, -ˌlōz\
ankylosed; ankylosing

Definition of ankylose 

transitive verb

: to unite or stiffen by ankylosis

intransitive verb

: to undergo ankylosis

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For the past 10 years, Dripps had struggled with spinal deterioration and had a dual diagnosis of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis and ankylosing spondylitis. Janelle Walker, Elgin Courier-News, "Family of man who shot 3 officers in South Elgin standoff says he was distraught with health, financial woes," 10 July 2018 There is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis, but therapy and medication can alleviate some of its symptoms. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "William Barber Takes on Poverty and Race in the Age of Trump," 7 May 2018 Symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis and irritable bowel syndrome forced Gutierrez to miss the entire 2014 season. J.p. Hoornstra, Orange County Register, "Dodgers Notes: Joc Pederson’s next steps are pass concussion test, start hitting," 5 June 2017 Reynolds has been open about overcoming his past struggles with anxiety and depression while dealing with an inflammatory arthritic disease, Ankylosing spondylitis. Brianne Tracy,, "Imagine Dragons Frontman Leads Moment of Silence for Chris Cornell at 2017 Billboard Music Awards," 22 May 2017 Sleepless nights' About 12 years ago, Cat Altop was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, which causes severe back pain, resulting in her being prescribed Vicodin, her mother, Pam Altop, 62, said. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Cedar Lake family hopes honest obituary about addiction 'saves one person'," 5 May 2017 His stamina in the face of a punishing schedule amazes the people who travel with him — who don’t have ankylosing spondylitis or bursitis in the knee. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Rev. William Barber builds a moral movement," 29 June 2017 His spinal condition is called ankylosing spondylitis— Tommy Tomlinson, Esquire, "Reverend Resistance," 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of ankylose

1771, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for ankylose

back-formation from ankylosis

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variants: also anchylose \ ˈaŋ-​ki-​ˌlōs, -​ˌlōz \
ankylosed; ankylosing

Medical Definition of ankylose 

transitive verb

: to unite or stiffen by ankylosis a joint ankylosed by surgery

intransitive verb

: to undergo ankylosis

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