movable joint

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movable joint mov·a·ble joint (mōō'və-bəl)

  1. A joint in which the opposing bony surfaces are covered with a layer of hyaline cartilage or fibrocartilage and in which some degree of free movement is possible. Also called diarthrodial joint, diarthrosis, synarthrosis, synovial joint.

  2. A joint, either a synchondrosis or a symphysis, in which the apposed bony surfaces are united by cartilage. Also called amphiarthrosis, cartilaginous joint, synarthrodial joint, synarthrosis.

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