ankylosis

noun an·ky·lo·sis \ ˌaŋ-ki-ˈlō-səs \

Definition of ankylosis

plural ankyloses play \-ˌsēz\
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

play \-ˈlä-tik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of ankylosis

New Latin, from Greek ankylōsis, from ankyloun to make crooked, from ankylos crooked — more at angle


Medical Dictionary

ankylosis

noun an·ky·lo·sis
variants: also anchylosis play \ˌaŋ-ki-ˈlō-səs\

medical Definition of ankylosis

plural ankyloses play \-ˌsēz\
:stiffness or fixation of a joint by disease or surgery

ankylotic

also anchylotic play \-ˈlät-ik\ adjective

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ankylosis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to suppress quietly or indirectly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!