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syndesmosis

Pronunciation: sin'dez-mo'sis, -sez

Definition: A form of fibrous joint in which opposing surfaces that are relatively far apart are united by ligaments; the union of the styloid process of the temporal bone and the hyoid bone through the stylohyoid ligament, and the fibrous union between the radius and ulna (radioulnar syndesmoses) and the tibia and fibula (tibofibular syndesmoses).

Synonym(s): syndesmodial joint, syndesmotic joint

[syndesmo- + G. -osis, condition]

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