Glossary of Terms

Cartilage:

Spongy tissue that provides cushioning and a gliding surface for the human skeleton.

Cobalt Chromium:

A compound made of Cobalt and Chromium that is used in the construction of artificial joints. It is stronger than titanium and stainless steel, and is inert to chemical reaction.

Distal Radial Ulna Joint (DRUJ):

The joint formed by the convergence of the human radius and ulna bones as they meet the wrist.

Ligament:

Strong tissue that connects bones together and provides support and structure for joints.

Pronation:

The motion of rotating the hand and forearm so that the palm faces downwards.

Prosthesis:

A man-made device designed to replace or mimic the function of an organic part of the human body.

Supination:

The motion of rotating the hand and forearm so that the palm faces upwards.

UHMW:

Ultra High Molecular Weight polyethylene polymers are very dense, very tough, and very resistant to wear.

Ulna:

The longer of the two bones forming the human forearm.

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