One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Persistent contracture or rigidity of one or more joints; specifically (more fully "arthrogryposis multiplex congenita") any of a group of syndromes characterized by congenital contractures of a number of joints, especially of the hands and feet, and associated with various abnormalities of muscle, nerve, or connective tissue.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robley Dunglison (1798–1869), physician and medical writer. From scientific Latin arthrogryposis from Hellenistic Greek ἀρθρο- + post-classical Latin gryposis.
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