plane joint

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A non-axial joint in which the articular surface is flat or only slightly curved. Theoretically, a plane joint allows slipping or gliding movements of one bone on another in all directions, including twisting. However, because such joints are bound tightly in a ligament, movement is limited (e.g. to back and forth, or sliding movements). See also intercarpal joint, sternoclavicular joint.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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