Fibrous joints

Dr Andrew Dixon et al.

Fibrous joints are a type of joint where the bones are joined by strong fibrous tissue rich in collagen. These joints allow for very little movement (if any) and are often referred to as synarthroses.

Examples
  • cranial sutures between bones of the skull
  • gomphosis joints between teeth and alveolar bone
  • syndesmoses between the radius and ulna, and between the tibia and fibula

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rID: 42702
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Fibrous joint

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  • Figure 1: cranial suture
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  • Figure 2: gomphosis
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  • Figure 3: syndesmosis
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