Plane joint

Dr Andrew Dixon et al.

Plane joints, also known as gliding joints, are a type of synovial joint between flat or near-flat articular surfaces.  


Under normal conditions plane joints only permit sliding movement in the same plane as the articular surfaces, and do not allow movement in any other plane. The degree of allowable gliding displacement is limited by the articular capsule and associated ligaments.

  • gliding in plane of the articular surface
Anatomy: General

Article information

rID: 42743
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Plane joints
  • Gliding joint
  • Gliding joints
  • Arthroidal joint
  • Arthroidal joints

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