Articular capsule

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Joint capsule
Diagrammatic section of a diarthrodial joint.
Latin capsulae articulares
Gray's subject #68 282
Dorlands/Elsevier c_07/12211166

An articular capsule (or joint capsule) is an envelope surrounding a synovial joint.[1]


Each capsule consists of two layers:

  • an outer layer (stratum fibrosum) composed of white fibrous tissue
  • an inner layer (stratum synoviale) which is a secreting layer, and is usually described separately as the synovial membrane.


Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is a disorder in which the shoulder capsule becomes inflamed and stiff.

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