condyle

noun
con·​dyle | \ˈkän-ˌdī(-ə)l also -dᵊl \

Definition of condyle 

: an articular prominence of a bone especially : one resembling a pair of knuckles

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Other Words from condyle

condyloid \ ˈkän-​də-​ˌlȯid \ adjective

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Opening the mouth causes the rounded ends of the lower jaw (known as condyles) to glide along the joint socket of the temporal bone. Marlene Cimons, Sun-Sentinel.com, "If you hear a click in your jaw, this is what you need to know," 13 June 2017 Opening the mouth causes the rounded ends of the lower jaw (known as condyles) to glide along the joint socket of the temporal bone. Marlene Cimons, Sun-Sentinel.com, "If you hear a click in your jaw, this is what you need to know," 13 June 2017 Opening the mouth causes the rounded ends of the lower jaw (known as condyles) to glide along the joint socket of the temporal bone. Marlene Cimons, Sun-Sentinel.com, "If you hear a click in your jaw, this is what you need to know," 13 June 2017 Opening the mouth causes the rounded ends of the lower jaw (known as condyles) to glide along the joint socket of the temporal bone. Marlene Cimons, Sun-Sentinel.com, "If you hear a click in your jaw, this is what you need to know," 13 June 2017 Opening the mouth causes the rounded ends of the lower jaw (known as condyles) to glide along the joint socket of the temporal bone. Marlene Cimons, Sun-Sentinel.com, "If you hear a click in your jaw, this is what you need to know," 13 June 2017 Opening the mouth causes the rounded ends of the lower jaw (known as condyles) to glide along the joint socket of the temporal bone. Marlene Cimons, Washington Post, "If you hear a click in your jaw, this is what you need to know," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of condyle

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for condyle

French & Latin; French, from Latin condylus knuckle, from Greek kondylos

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condyle

noun
con·​dyle | \ˈkän-ˌdīl also -dᵊl\

Medical Definition of condyle 

: an articular prominence of a bone used chiefly of such as occur in pairs resembling a pair of knuckles (as those of the occipital bone for articulation with the atlas, those at the distal end of the humerus and femur, and those of the lower jaw) — see lateral condyle, medial condyle

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