Ball and socket joint

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a joint in which a ball moves within a socket, so as to admit of motion in every direction within certain limits.

See also: Ball

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Simon Webster, Bath A Hip dysplasia is where the (ball and socket) hip joint does not develop optimally as your dog grows.
The hip is an example of which type of joint - Ball and Socket, Saddle, Pivot or Hinge?
The young girl had to bear with her hip sticking out of the socket (area of the thigh bone) as the ball and socket had completely shattered.
"The shoulder is a 'ball and socket' joint, explained Mr Amir Salama, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull.
* Metal-on-metal, in which the ball and socket components are made of metal.
One of the largest hip replacement firms admitted the fault while defending thousands of compensation claims from people fitted with its controversial metal ball and socket implants.
The muscles, found near the ball and socket joint of the shoulder, help position the shoulder properly in its socket.
If you dislocate your replacement hip joint you may require a second surgical procedure, called a "revision." The most common hip-joint replacement is a metal ball and socket separated and cushioned by a plastic liner.
We call the hip joint a "ball and socket" joint and effectively the ball had broken off the shaft of bone.
You'll have to wiggle the hatch up and down slightly to disengage the ball and socket end of the lift.
Hip, hip for treatment DEVELOPMENTAL dysplasia of the hip covers a variety of conditions in which the ball and socket joint do not develop properly.