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to unite or grow together, as the bones of a joint or the root of a tooth and its surrounding bone.
Pathology. abnormal adhesion of the bones of a joint.
Anatomy. the union or consolidation of two or more bones or other hard tissues into one.
Historical Examples

The greater number of contractures and ankyloses are the result of disease in the joint, and have already been described.
Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities–Head–Neck. Sixth Edition. Alexander Miles

In the Rabbit this bone completely shuts out the pubis from any share in the acetabular cavity; later it ankyloses with that bone.
The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia Frank Evers Beddard

(of bones in a joint, etc) to fuse or stiffen by ankylosis
abnormal adhesion or immobility of the bones in a joint, as by a direct joining of the bones, a fibrous growth of tissues within the joint, or surgery

stiffening of joints after injury or surgery, alternative (and more etymological) spelling of anchylosis (q.v.).

ankylosis an·ky·lo·sis (āng’kə-lō’sĭs)
The stiffening or immobility of a joint resulting from disease, trauma, surgery, or bone fusion.
an’ky·lot’ic (-lŏt’ĭk) adj.


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