One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An immovable joint in which bones are joined by connective tissue (e.g. between the fibula and tibia at the ankle).
- ‘The coracoclavicular syndesmosis may be a diarthrosis or a cartilaginous symphysis.’
- ‘Two adjacent ribs, often five and six, and six and seven, sometimes articulate at their costal cartilages by a diarthrosis, synarthrosis, or syndesmosis.’
- ‘Leg specimens were prepared by transversely sectioning the proximal tibia above the proximal tibiofibular syndesmosis with a bone saw.’
- ‘Radiographs may reveal malleolar fractures, talar dome fractures or disruption of the ankle syndesmosis.’
- ‘In the general sporting population, injury to the lateral ligaments accounts for around 90% of all ankle sprains, with less than 10% involving the syndesmoses or medial ankle or both.’
Late 16th century: modern Latin, from Greek sundesmos ‘binding, fastening’.
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