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Definition of Articulations of the body, principal

Articulations of the body, principal: The principal articulations (joints) of the human body.

They include the following:

  • Acromioclavicular
  • Ankle (tibia-fibula and talus)
  • Atlas and axis
  • Atlas and occipital
  • Calcaneocuboid
  • Carpometacarpal
  • Elbow (humerus, radius, and ulna)
  • Femur and tibia
  • Hip bone and femur
  • Humerus and ulna
  • Intercarpal:
    • Carpal, proximal
    • Carpal, distal
    • Carpal bones (two rows with each other)
  • Intermetacarpals
  • Intermetatarsals
  • Interphalangeal
  • Knee (femur, tibia, and patella)
  • Mandible (jaw) and temporal
  • Metacarpophalangeal
  • Metatarsophalangeal
  • Pubic bones
  • Radioulnar, distal
  • Radioulnar, middle
  • Radioulnar, proximal
  • Radius-ulna and carpals (wrist)
  • Ribs, heads of
  • Ribs, tubercles and necks of
  • Sacrococcygeal
  • Sacroiliac
  • Shoulder (humerus and scapula)
  • Symphysis
  • Sacroiliac
  • Scapula and humerus
  • Sternoclavicular
  • Sternocostal
  • Subtalar
  • Talus and calcaneus
  • Talus and navicular
  • Tarsometatarsal
  • Tibia-fibula and talus (ankle)
  • Tibiofibular
  • Vertebral arches
  • Vertebral bodies
  • Wrist (radius-ulna and carpals)

Note the double entries involving the ankle, elbow, knee and shoulder. For example, Ankle (tibia-fibula and talus) and Tibia-fibula and talus (ankle).


The term arthritis refers to stiffness in the joints. See Answer
Reviewed on 12/27/2018

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