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1. the joint between the leg and foot.
2. the area around this joint (see illustration).
The ankle is a hinge joint formed by the junction of the tibia and fibula with the talus (ankle bone). The bones are cushioned by cartilage and connected by a number of ligaments, tendons, and muscles that strengthen the joint and enable it to be moved. Because it is in almost constant use, the ankle is particularly susceptible to injuries, such as sprain and fracture. It is also often one of the first joints to be affected by arthritis or gout.
tarsus (def. 2).
ankle cuff a weighted strip wrapped around the ankle and closed with a Velcro band; used during exercise.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. Synonym(s): ankle joint
2. The region of the ankle joint.
3. Synonym(s): tarsus
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


1. The joint formed by the articulation of the lower leg bones with the talus. The ankle connects the foot with the leg.
2. The slender section of the leg immediately above the foot.
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1. Synonym(s): ankle joint.
2. The region of the ankle joint.
3. Synonym(s): talus.
[A.S. ancleon]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


The joint between the lower ends of the TIBIA and FIBULA and the upper surface of the talus bone of the foot. The talus sits on top of the heel bone (calcaneum).
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Patient discussion about ankle

Q. What Causes ankle Swelling? My son woke up this morning with a red, swollen ankle. What could cause this situation?

A. A swollen and red ankle suggest either a traumatic injury to the joint or an infection in the joint, adjacent tissues or bones. This is an emergency and it is important to consult a doctor as soon as possible, especially if the joint loses its ability to perform movements in all directions.

Q. What do you do for a sprained ankle?

A. R.I.C.E. - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation

Q. How does ice help a sprained ankle or other injury? While I exercise I often get sprain. I have seen many times that ice is used as a first aid for sprains. How does ice help a sprained ankle or other injury?

A. it does two helpful things- lower the pain (cold can do that) and prevent swelling. the swelling is a body normal reaction that protects the area that was injured. but we would like to avoid it because it'll strain us.

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In December, her 9-year-old was asleep when Ancle Price Reed Jr., 25, crawled through the girl's window in west Eugene and touched her while she slept.
Institute, Continuing Legal Education Presentation: Court-appointed Experts in Toxic Tort Litigation (May 4, 1998), 1998 WL 34182437 (ANCLE), at * 2 ("Federal courts cite a variety of authority for appointing their own experts, also called 'advisors' or 'technical advisors': 'inherent authority;' Federal Rule of Evidence 706, 'Court-Appointed Experts;' Federal Rule of Evidence 104, 'Preliminary Questions' and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 53, "Masters.' Federal courts have long had 'virtually unquestioned' inherent power to appoint their own experts.
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La cocina de Come, este es mi cuerpo tiene que ver con la ausencia, con la urgencia de articular una memoria que me ancle en el origen.
He shows, perhaps most famously and following Derek Pearsall, that Chaucer can be precisely realistic just where many readers find his writing grotesquely exaggerated, as when he has Arcite and Palamon fight like crazed lions, like wild boars: 'up to the ancle foghte they in hir blood'.
According to Ramsay, "[t]he ordinary punishments of slaves," for offences as slight as "neglect, absence from work, eating the sugar cane, [or] theft," were "whipping, beating with a stick, sometimes to the breaking of bones, the chain, an iron crook about the neck, a large iron pudding or ring about the ancle, and confinement in the dungeon" (85-86).
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