Ball-and-socket-joint meaning

bôl'ən-sŏk'ĭt
A synovial joint, such as the shoulder or hip joint, in which a spherical knob or knoblike part of one bone fits into a cavity or socket of another, so that some degree of rotary motion is possible in every direction.
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A joint, as in a mechanical device, that permits rotary movement in all directions through the movement of a ball in a socket.
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A joint, as that of the hip or shoulder, formed by a ball in a socket, allowing limited movement in any direction.
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A synovial joint, such as the shoulder or hip joint, in which a spherical knob or knoblike part of one bone fits into a cavity or socket of another, so that some degree of rotary motion is possible in every direction.
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A joint, as in a mechanical device, that permits rotary movement in all directions through the movement of a ball in a socket.
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A joint, such as the shoulder or hip joint, in which a spherical knob or knoblike part of one bone fits into a cavity or socket of another, so that some degree of rotary motion is possible in every direction.
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A mechanical device consisting of a spherical knob at the end of a shaft that fits securely into a socket. Ball-and-socket joints are used to connect parts of a machine that require rotary movement in nearly all directions. Ball-and-socket joints allow the front wheels of a car to be turned by the steering mechanism.
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Alternative spelling of ball-and-socket joint.
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