ankylosis

noun

an·​ky·​lo·​sis ˌaŋ-ki-ˈlō-səs How to pronounce ankylosis (audio)
plural ankyloses ˌaŋ-ki-ˈlō-ˌsēz How to pronounce ankylosis (audio)
1
: stiffness or fixation of a joint by disease or surgery
2
: union of separate bones or hard parts to form a single bone or part
ankylotic adjective

Word History

Etymology

earlier ancylosis, anchylosis, borrowed from New Latin ancylosis, borrowed from Greek ankýlōsis "tongue-tie, stiffening of joints," from ankylō-, variant stem of ankyloûn "to crook, bend" (derivative of ankýlos "bent, crooked, curved") + -sis -sis, angle entry 3

First Known Use

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ankylosis was in 1713

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“Ankylosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ankylosis. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

ankylosis

noun
an·​ky·​lo·​sis
variants also anchylosis
plural ankyloses -ˌsēz How to pronounce ankylosis (audio)
: stiffness or fixation of a joint by disease or surgery
ankylotic adjective
also anchylotic
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