condyle A smooth round knob of bone that fits into a socket on an adjoining bone, forming a joint. Such a joint permits up-and-down or side-to-side movement but does not allow rotation. There are condyles where the lower jawbone (mandible) is attached to the skull, which permits chewing movements. See also occipital condyle.
condyle (kon-dil) n. a rounded protuberance that occurs at the ends of some bones, e.g. the occipital bone, and forms an articulation with another bone.
condyle rounded process at the end of a bone. XVII. -F. — L. condylus — Gr. kóndulos knuckle.
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