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General Anatomy > Joints; Articular system > Bony joints > Synovial joint; Diarthrosis > Ball and socket joint; Spheroidal joint

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Enarthrosis (ball-and-socket joints).—Enarthrosis is a joint in which the distal bone is capable of motion around an indefinite number of axes, which have one common center. It is formed by the reception of a globular head into a cup-like cavity, hence the name "ball-and-socket." Examples of this form of articulation are found in the hip and shoulder.


This definition incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy (20th U.S. edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, published in 1918 – from http://www.bartleby.com/107/).

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