Learning Modules - Medical Gross Anatomy
Introduction to Joints - Page 3 of 22


Joints - Classification by Tissue Joining Bones

Joints can also be classified by the type of tissue connecting the bones of the joint.

  • Fibrous Joints: The bones of these joints are connected by fibrous ligaments only.
  • Cartilaginous Joints: The bones involved in cartilaginous joints are joined by some type of cartilage.
  • Synovial Joints: These joints are freely moveable and are characterized by a joint cavity between the bones that has a synovial membrane and is lubricated with synovial fluid.

We will discuss each of these types of joints in more detail on the following screens.

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