ball-and-socket joint

noun
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of ball-and-socket joint

1 : a joint in which a ball moves within a socket so as to allow rotary motion in every direction within certain limits
2 : an articulation (such as the hip joint) in which the rounded head of one bone fits into a cuplike cavity of the other and admits movement in any direction

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First Known Use of ball-and-socket joint

1779

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BALL-AND-SOCKET JOINT Defined for Kids

ball-and-socket joint

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Definition of ball-and-socket joint for Students

: a joint (as in the shoulder) in which a rounded part can move in many directions in a socket

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ball-and-socket joint

noun

medical Definition of ball-and-socket joint

: an articulation (as the hip joint) in which the rounded head of one bone fits into a cuplike cavity of the other and admits movement in any direction called also enarthrosis

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