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synovial joint


Definition: a joint in which the opposing bony surfaces are covered with a layer of hyaline cartilage or fibrocartilage within a joint cavity that contains synovial fluid, lined with synovial membrane and reinforced by a fibrous capsule and ligaments; and there is some degree of free movement possible.

Synonym(s): junctura synovialisTA, articulatio, diarthrosis, articulatio synovialis, diarthrodial joint, movable joint, perarticulation

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