One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An immovably fixed joint between bones connected by fibrous tissue (for example, the sutures of the skull).
- ‘Examples of joints in the body that never move are the synarthroses in the skull.’
- ‘This kind of joint is called synarthrosis.’
- ‘An example of a synarthrosis is the suture in the skull between skull bones.’
- ‘Two adjacent ribs, often five and six, and six and seven, sometimes articulate at their costal cartilages by a diarthrosis, synarthrosis, or syndesmosis.’
- ‘The articulation of the rib and intercostal cartilage and the articulation between vertebral bodies are considered synarthroses.’
Late 16th century: from modern Latin, from Greek sunarthrōsis, from sun- ‘together’ + arthrōsis ‘jointing’ (from arthron ‘joint’).
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