Temporomandibular joint (TMJ)

The joint that hinges the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull. It is one of the most frequently used joints in the entire body, moving whenever a person eats, drinks, or talks.

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  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome — A disorder of the temporomandibular joint(s) that causes pain, usually in front of the ear(s), sometimes in the form of a headache. Pain in the TMJ can be due to trauma, such as a blow to the face; inflammatory or degenerative arthritis, or poor… …   Medical dictionary

  • Temporomandibular joint disorder — Classification and external resources Temporomandibular joint ICD 10 K07.6 …   Wikipedia

  • Temporomandibular joint — Infobox Anatomy Name = Temporomandibular joint Latin = articulatio temporomandibularis GraySubject = 75 GrayPage = 297 Caption = Articulation of the mandible. Lateral aspect. Caption2 = Articulation of the mandible. Medial aspect. Precursor =… …   Wikipedia

  • temporomandibular joint syndrome — n a group of symptoms that may include pain or tenderness in the temporomandibular joint or surrounding muscles, headache, earache, neck, back, or shoulder pain, limited jaw movement, or a clicking or popping sound in the jaw and that are caused… …   Medical dictionary

  • temporomandibular joint — n the diarthrosis between the temporal bone and mandible that includes the condyloid process below separated by an articular disk from the glenoid fossa above and that allows for the opening, closing, protrusion, retraction, and lateral movement… …   Medical dictionary

  • temporomandibular joint syndrome — noun : a group of symptoms that may include pain in the temporomandibular joint, headache, earache, neck, back, or shoulder pain, limited jaw movement, or a clicking or popping sound in the jaw and that are caused either by dysfunction of the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • temporomandibular joint syndrome — Pathol. a condition attributed to tension in or faulty articulation of the temporomandibular joint, having a wide range of symptoms that include dizziness, ringing in the ears, and pain in the head, neck, and shoulders. Also called TMJ syndrome.… …   Universalium

  • temporomandibular joint — joint where the lower jaw connects to the skull (located near the ears), TMJ …   English contemporary dictionary

  • temporomandibular joint — noun The joint on either side of the human head where the jaw (mandible) meets the skull (at the temporal bone). Syn: TMJ …   Wiktionary

  • temporomandibular joint — /tɛmpəroʊmænˈdɪbjələ dʒɔɪnt/ (say tempuhrohman dibyuhluh joynt) noun → TMJ …   Australian English dictionary

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