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rotator cuff

noun

Simple Definition of rotator cuff

  • medical : a group of muscles and tendons that are around your shoulder and that allow it to move in all directions

Full Definition of rotator cuff

  1. :  a supporting and strengthening structure of the shoulder joint that is made up of the capsule of the shoulder joint blended with tendons and muscles as they pass to the capsule or across it to insert on the head of the humerus

1961

First Known Use of rotator cuff

1961


Medical Dictionary

rotator cuff

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noun \-ˌkəf\

Medical Definition of rotator cuff

  1. :  a supporting and strengthening structure of the shoulder joint that is made up of part of its capsule blended with tendons of the subscapularis, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, and teres minor muscles as they pass to the capsule or across it to insert on the humerus—called also musculotendinous cuff




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