Definition of synovial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//saɪˈnəʊviəl//
, BrE//sɪˈnəʊviəl//
; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈnoʊviəl//
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(of a joint) having a membrane (= a piece of very thin skin) containing liquid between the bones, which allows the joint to move freely Word Originmid 18th cent.: from modern Latin synovia, probably formed arbitrarily by Paracelsus (c. 1493-1541), the Swiss physician.
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