Plane joint

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Plane joint
Vertical section through the articulations at the wrist, showing the synovial cavities.
Latin articulatio plana
Gray's subject #70 286
Dorlands/Elsevier a_64/12161465

A gliding joint (arthrodial joint, plane articulation) is a synovial joint which admits of only gliding movement.[1]

The gliding joint allows one bone to slide over the other. The gliding joint in your wrist allows to flex your wrist. It also makes very small side motions. There are also gliding joints in your ankles. A gliding joint is a synovial joint, and a synovial joint allows lots of movement.


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