- Med. a stiffening of a joint, caused by the pathological joining of bones or fibrous parts, as from an injury
- Zool. a joining of bones or fibrous parts into a single part
Origin of ankylosisClassical Greek ankylōsis ; from ankyloun, to crook, stiffen ; from ankylos, crooked: see ankle
- The consolidation of bones or their parts to form a single unit.
- The stiffening and immobility of a joint as the result of disease, trauma, surgery, or abnormal bone fusion.
Origin of ankylosisNew Latin, from Greek ankulōsis, stiffening of the joints, from ankuloun, to crook, bend, from ankulos, crooked, bent.
From Ancient Greek ἀγκύλωσις (ankulōsis, “a stiffening of the joints”), from ἀγκυλόειν (ankuloein, “to crook, bend”), from ἀγκύλος (ankulos, “bent, or crooked”).