Condyle vs. Epicondyle

By Jaxson

  • Condyle

    A condyle ( or ; Latin: condylus, from Greek: kondylos; κόνδυλος knuckle) is the round prominence at the end of a bone, most often part of a joint – an articulation with another bone. It is one of the markings or features of bones, and can refer to:

    On the femur, in the knee joint:

    Medial condyle

    Lateral condyle

    On the tibia, in the knee joint:

    Medial condyle

    Lateral condyle

    On the humerus, in the elbow joint:

    Condyle of humerus (Condylus humeri)

    On the mandible, in the temporomandibular joint:

    Mandibular condyle

    On the occipital bone, in the atlanto-occipital joint:

    Occipital condyles

    Although not generally termed condyles, the trochlea and capitulum of the humerus act as condyles in the elbow, and the femur head acts as a condyle in the hip joint.

  • Epicondyle

    An epicondyle () is a rounded eminence on a bone that lies upon a condyle (epi-, “upon” + condyle, from a root meaning “knuckle” or “rounded articular area”). There are various epicondyles in the human skeleton, each named by its anatomic site. They include the following:

  • Condyle (noun)

    A smooth prominence on a bone where it forms a joint with another bone.

  • Epicondyle (noun)

    A protuberance above the condyle of a bone to which ligaments or tendons are attached.


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