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[ang-kuh-lohs] /ˈæŋ kəˌloʊs/
verb (used with or without object), ankylosed, ankylosing.
to unite or grow together, as the bones of a joint or the root of a tooth and its surrounding bone.
Origin of ankylose
1780-90; back formation from ankylosis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • The bones of the pelvis are ankylosed together, and to a large though variable number of vertebrae.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • ankylosed to its anterior end are the remains of two neural arches.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • The teeth are sometimes, as in Lepidosteus, ankylosed to the base of the socket.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • The rami of the mandible are not ankylosed together in front.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • The rigid German, ankylosed at his glass, suddenly straightens up.

    The Surprises of Life Georges Clemenceau
  • The radius and ulna are not ankylosed, but are incapable of any rotatory movement.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • In both genera the thyro-hyals are ankylosed with the basi-hyal.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • In quadrupeds, on the contrary, their number is large; they are not ankylosed, and they form the skeleton of the caudal appendix.

  • The metatarsals are ankylosed together, and the pes has four digits.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • The annular tympanic is not ankylosed to the surrounding bones, a character found in other low mammals.

British Dictionary definitions for ankylosed


/ˈæŋkɪˌləʊs; -ˌləʊz/
(of bones in a joint, etc) to fuse or stiffen by ankylosis
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ankylosed in Medicine

ankylosed an·ky·losed (āng'kə-lōst', -lōzd')

  1. Stiffened or bound by adhesions.

  2. Of or relating to a joint in a state of ankylosis.

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