Ginglymoid

by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Gin’glymoid, a. like a hinge.

Word in the Wild: No wonder you can’t get that oyster open—you’re prying at its ginglymoid side!

This anatomical term is used to describe joints like those in the elbow, knee, fingers, and toes, and it’s usually paired with the word jointginglymoid joint. So far as I know it isn’t applied to bivalves at all, but I like my sentence just the same. It’s an awfully fun word to say, so I might have to start applying it in discussions of doors and pianos, too.

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