Gliding Joint

A plane joint (also called an arthrodial joint, gliding joint or plane articulation) is a synovial joint which allows only gliding movement in the plane of the articular surfaces. The opposed surfaces of the bones are flat or almost flat, with movement generally limited by tight capsules and ligaments. Plane joints are numerous, are most often small, and allow very little motion.  Examples include the carpal joints of the wrist, the tarsal joints of the ankle, and the facet joints of the spine.

Related Terms

  • Synovial Joint
  • Hinge Joint
  • Ball-and-Socket Joint
  • Pivot Joint
  • Saddle Joint


  • arthrodial joint
  • gliding
  • gliding joint
  • plane articulation
  • arthrodial