Ligaments of wrist. Anterior view
A condyloid joint (also called condylar, ellipsoidal, or bicondylar) is an ovoid articular surface, or condyle that is received into an elliptical cavity. This permits movement in two planes, allowing flexion, extension, adduction, abduction, and circumduction.
These are also called happy joints. Oval shaped condyle of one bone fits into elliptical cavity of other bone. These joints allow biaxial movements i.e. forward-backward and side to side but not rotation. Radiocarpal joint and Metacarpo-phalangeal joint are examples of condyloid joint.
An example of a Ball and socket joint is the Glenohumeral (shoulder) Joint. A ball and socket joint works exactly as a ball and socket. An example of a Ellipsoid joint is the wrist; it is exactly like the ball and socket joint except you cannot move it 360 degrees like the ball and socket.
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