syndesmosis

noun

syn·​des·​mo·​sis ˌsin-ˌdez-ˈmō-səs How to pronounce syndesmosis (audio)
-ˌdes-
plural syndesmoses ˌsin-ˌdez-ˈmō-ˌsēz How to pronounce syndesmosis (audio)
-ˌdes-
: an articulation in which the contiguous surfaces of the bones are rough and are bound together by a ligament

Examples of syndesmosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two games into a season after reclaiming his career by starring in a background role with the Warriors, Chriss endured a right syndesmosis ankle injury with a fibular fracture. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, 25 Jan. 2021 Black landed a bit short on her vault at the final all-around event at the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany, and reportedly ruptured both the anterior talofibular and syndesmosis ligaments. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Mar. 2020 Szatkowski: High ankle spraining (has to do with) syndesmosis ligaments around the ankle. ... Football players and other athletes, soccer players, tend to injure these ligaments around the ankle. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, 14 Aug. 2019 Allowing for normal motion is what gets a patient back sooner versus having his syndesmosis (the joint between the tibia and fibula) fixed with screws, which are obviously metal and very rigid. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, 6 Nov. 2019 High ankle sprains involve damage to a complex of ligaments located above the ankle joint known as the syndesmosis. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, 9 Aug. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek syndesmos fastening, ligament, from syndein

First Known Use

1726, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of syndesmosis was in 1726

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Cite this Entry

“Syndesmosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syndesmosis. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

syndesmosis

noun
syn·​des·​mo·​sis ˌsin-ˌdez-ˈmō-səs How to pronounce syndesmosis (audio) -ˌdes- How to pronounce syndesmosis (audio)
plural syndesmoses -ˌsēz How to pronounce syndesmosis (audio)
: an articulation in which the contiguous surfaces of the bones are rough and are bound together by a ligament
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