Translating "髀關", acupuncture point ST-31

The reasoning for translating "髀關" as "Thigh Joint" from Chinese into English. This is the original name of acupuncture point ST-31 (Stomach 31).

Thigh Joint  (ST-31)
髀: Thigh / hipbone
關: Barrier gate

Explanation of the point name

This point is located at the top of the thigh bone, near the joint.

1st character

Thigh / hipbone
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No other point names with this character.

2nd character

Barrier gate
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This is a barrier gate, one that has a bar that hinges at one point at the side, blocks when the bar is horizontal, and opens with the bar moving diagonally to the side, until vertical.
When the point name is about a psychological function that is made more accessible or less, a translation with 'barrier gate' makes sense. When the name is about a bone resembling a bar, that has a joint at one side where the point is located near to, a translation with 'joint' makes more sense.

Point names with

For consistency in the translations, it is necessary to be aware of how the character is translated elsewhere. These are the point names it is in.

ST-7 下關 Underneath the Joint
ST-22 關門 Barrier Gate
ST-31 髀關 Thigh Joint
BL-26 關元兪 Bar's Beginning Increase
BL-46 膈關 Diaphragm Barrier
KI-18 石關 Stone Barrier
P-6 內關 Barrier Gate to the Inside
TB-1 關衝 Through the Barrier Gate
TB-5 外關 Barrier Gate to the Outside
GB-3 上關 Above the Joint
GB-33 膝陽關 Knee Yang Joint
LIV-7 膝關 Knee Joint
REN-4 關原 Primary Barrier Gate
DU-3 腰陽關 Waist's Yang Bar

Nearby points

Sometimes the names of consecutive points on a meridian are related. Being aware of nearby points can help to translate consistently in such a situation.

ST-28 水道 Fluid Passage
ST-29 歸來 Arriving Home
ST-30 氣沖 Qi Infusion
ST-31 髀關 Thigh Joint
ST-32 伏兔 Prostrating Hare
ST-33 陰市 Yin at the Market
ST-34 梁丘 Beam to the Mound