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[kon-dahyl, -dl] /ˈkɒn daɪl, -dl/
Anatomy. the smooth surface area at the end of a bone, forming part of a joint.
(in arthropods) a similar process formed from the hard integument.
Origin of condyle
1625-35; variant of condyl < New Latin condylus knuckle < Greek kóndylos
Related forms
condylar, adjective
intercondylar, adjective
postcondylar, adjective
precondylar, adjective
transcondylar, adjective Unabridged
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  • The exoccipital is not perforated by the condylar foramen,—a very exceptional condition.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for condylar


the rounded projection on the articulating end of a bone, such as the ball portion of a ball-and-socket joint
Derived Forms
condylar, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin condylus knuckle, joint, from Greek kondulos
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Word Origin and History for condylar



1630s, "knob at the end of a bone," from French condyle (16c.), from Latin condylus, from Greek kondylos "a knuckle," of unknown origin.

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condylar in Medicine

condylar con·dy·lar (kŏn'də-lər)
Relating to a condyle.

condyle con·dyle (kŏn'dīl', -dl)
A rounded prominence at the end of a bone, most often for articulation with another bone.

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condylar in Science
A round, protruding part at the end of a bone, especially one that forms part of a joint.
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