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[sin-dez-moh-sis, -des-] /ˌsɪn dɛzˈmoʊ sɪs, -dɛs-/
noun, plural syndesmoses
[sin-dez-moh-seez, -des-] /ˌsɪn dɛzˈmoʊ siz, -dɛs-/ (Show IPA).
a connection of bones by ligaments, fasciae, or membranes other than in a joint.
Origin of syndesmosis
1720-30; < Greek sýndesm(os) bond (see syndesmectomy) + -osis
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[sin-dez-mot-ik, -des-] /ˌsɪn dɛzˈmɒt ɪk, -dɛs-/ (Show IPA),
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noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
(anatomy) a type of joint in which the articulating bones are held together by a ligament of connective tissue
Derived Forms
syndesmotic (ˌsɪndɛsˈmɒtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
New Latin, from Greek sundein to bind together; see syndesis
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syndesmosis in Medicine

syndesmosis syn·des·mo·sis (sĭn'děz-mō'sĭs, -děs-)
n. pl. syn·des·mo·ses (-sēz)
A form of fibrous joint in which opposing surfaces that are relatively far apart are united by ligaments. Also called syndesmodial joint.

syn'des·mot'ic (-mŏt'ĭk) adj.
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