ball and socket joint

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Related to ball and socket joint: gliding joint, hinge joint, pivot joint

ball and sock·et joint

a multiaxial synovial joint in which a more or less extensive sphere on the head of one bone fits into a rounded cavity in the other bone, as in the hip joint.
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ball-and-socket joint

The most freely movable type of synovial joint, in which the ball-like end of one bone (e.g., the humerus, femur) is surrounded by a spherical cartilaginous encasement, or “socket” (e.g., hip joint), or a group of structures that act as a functionally spherical encasement (e.g., shoulder joint), which allows free mobility of the articulating bone.
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You have a ball and socket joint where your leg meets your hip.
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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.
The condition is essentially a bone disorder caused when the blood flow to the ball and socket joint at the top of the hip stops.