atlantooccipital joint

at·lan·to·oc·cip·i·tal joint

[TA]
a condylar synovial joint between the superior articular facets of the atlas and the condyles of the occipital bone.

atlantooccipital joint

[-oksip′itəl]
Etymology: Gk, atlas, to bear; L, ob, against, caput, head
one of a pair of condyloid joints formed by the articulation of the atlas of the vertebral column with the occipital bone of the skull. It includes two articular capsules, two membranes, and two lateral ligaments. The atlantooccipital joint permits nodding and lateral movements of the head.

at·lan·to·oc·cip·i·tal joint

(at-lantō-ok-sipi-tăl joynt, at-lantō-ok-sipi-tăl joynt) [TA]
Articulation between the superior facets of the atlas and the condyles of the occipital joint.
Synonym(s): articulatio atlantooccipitalis, atlanto-occipital articulation.

atlantooccipital joint (atlan´toksip´itl),

n condyloid joint formed by the articulation of the atlas of the vertebral column with the occipital bone of the skull.
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1] The superior articular facet of the atlas is accommodated within this fossa during the movements of the atlantooccipital joint.
Following elective tracheotomy, the patient was kept in the supine position with the atlantooccipital joint extended.
Absolute immobility of an occipitalized atlantooccipital joint results in compensatory hypermobility between the atlas and axis.