temporomandibular joint

noun

Medical Definition of temporomandibular joint

: the diarthrosis between the temporal bone and mandible that includes the condyloid process below separated by an articular disk from the glenoid fossa above and that allows for the opening, closing, protrusion, retraction, and lateral movement of the mandible abbreviation TMJ

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“Temporomandibular joint.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/temporomandibular%20joint. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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