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mor·tise

(mōr'tēs),
The seating for the talus formed by the union of the distal fibula and the tibia at the ankle joint.
[M.E., fr. O.Fr., fr. Ar. murtazz, fastened]

mortise

A depression, groove, or hole into which another anatomical structure fits.
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The architecture, in other words, subsists less in the overarching structure than in the cunning mortices of intense experience and suave articulation in line upon line.