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Ellipsoidal joint

Definition
noun
A synovial joint in which an oval-shaped process of one bone fits into an elongated or ellipsoidal cavity of the other, allowing movements such as flexion, extension, abduction and adduction.
Supplement
The ellipsoidal joint is a biaxial joint in which two principal axes of motion are at right angles to each other.
Examples are:

  • the wrist joint
  • the metacarpophalangeal joints
  • the metatarsophalangeal joints

Synonyms:

  • articulatio ellipsoidea
  • articulatio condylaris
  • condylar articulation
  • condylar joint
  • condyloid joint


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