Simple Definition of dislocate
medical : to move (a bone) out of its normal location or position in a joint
: to force (someone or something) to move from a place or position
: to cause (a business, system, etc.) to change in some major way : to stop (something) from functioning as it used to function
Full Definition of dislocate
1 : to put out of place; specifically : to displace (a bone) from normal connections with another bone
2 : to force a change in the usual status, relationship, or order of : disrupt
Examples of dislocate in a sentence
She fell and dislocated her shoulder.
The new hotel will dislocate several businesses.
Thousands of workers have been dislocated by the latest economic crisis.
Origin and Etymology of dislocate
Medieval Latin dislocatus, past participle of dislocare, from Latin dis- + locare to locate
First Known Use: 1601
DISLOCATE Defined for Kids
Definition of dislocate for Students
: to displace a bone from its normal connections with another bone
Medical Definition of dislocate
: to put (a body part) out of order by displacing a bone from its normal connections with another bone <he dislocated his shoulder>; also : to displace (a bone) from normal connections with another bone <the humerus was dislocated in the fall>
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