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Joints and Homeostasis

Discuss the relative value (to body homeostasis) of immovable, slightly moveable, and freely moveable joints.

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An immovable joint is called a synarthrosis. There are three types of synarthroses: sutures, gomphoses, and synchondroses. A suture is a fibrous joint made up of a thin layer of dense fibrous connective tissue that joins the bones of the skull together. They usually have irregular, interlocking edges which gives them added strength and decrease the chances of fractures. A gomphosis is a type of fibrous joint as well in which a cone-shaped peg fits into a socket. The only example of these are the joints between the teeth and the maxillae and mandible bones. A syndhondrosis is made of hyaline cartilage, not fibrous connective tissue. The most common form of this joint is the epiphyseal plate that connects the epiphysis and diaphysis of a growing long bone. This joint is temporary.

A slightly moveable joint is called ...

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This solution discusses the value of homeostasis to various types of joints.