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Definition of terms for the classification of joints based on their structure and their functions.


Point where two bones meet


the study of joints or articulations


study of human movement

Fibrous Joints

An articulation in which the bones are joined together by dense fibrous connective tissue, lack a joint cavity, and almost no motion is possible. Types are sutures, syndesmosis, and gomphoses.

Cartilaginous Joints

the articulating bones are united by cartilage, they lack joint cavity and not highly movable. 2 types of cartilaginous joints are synchondrosis and symphysis

Synovial Joints

joints that are held together by a joint capsule and ligaments and are most associated with movement in the body


an immovable joint


joint with little movement


A freely movable joint

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