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Arthrogryposis has come to mean persistent flexure of a joint. The usual context is use in the term arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) which means congenital joint contractures in two or more areas of the body.


Greek ἄρθρον (arthron), joint, and late Latin gryposis from late Greek grūpōsis hooking from in turn Greek grūpousthai to become hooked, or from Greek grūps or grupos, curved - appears to have been first used by Robley Dunglison (1798–1869), a physician and medical writer