carpal tunnel syndrome


Definition of carpal tunnel syndrome 

: a condition caused by compression of a nerve where it passes through the wrist into the hand and characterized especially by weakness, pain, and disturbances of sensation in the hand and fingers

Examples of carpal tunnel syndrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price, missed his Wednesday start against the team’s hated rival New York Yankees because of mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome. John Patrick Pullen, Fortune, "Fortnite Addiction Is Becoming a Problem for Major League Baseball," 11 May 2018 While many people have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, there’s a lot of confusion about what actually causes it, and how it can be prevented or treated. Trihealth,, "This month's episode: Carpal tunnel," 8 May 2018 Cathy Mitchell, a disabled registered nurse, suffers from a long list of injuries and diseases, including osteoarthritis, post-major lumbar surgery for ruptured discs, cervical scoliosis and bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. Josephine Chu, USA TODAY, "Chronic pain patients, overlooked in opioid crisis, getting new attention from top at FDA," 2 July 2018 Acute headaches, neuropathy in my fingers, carpal tunnel syndrome in my wrists, and the hallmark sign of anxiety: insomnia from 4:00 to 6:00 a.m. But there were deeper ones too. Annabelle Dunne, Vogue, "I Took 30 Days Off From My Job, Family, and Cell Phone—Here’s What Happened," 17 June 2018 He was found to have carpal tunnel syndrome and had additional surgery. Anchorage Daily News, "LA firefighters and police turn deferred retirement program into extended leave," 4 Feb. 2018 The Astros took to using the game’s celebrations after wins earlier this season and Red Sox manager Alex Cora had to dismiss concerns that David Price’s carpal tunnel syndrome may have been caused by too much Fortnite. Dan Gartland,, "The Brewers Used the Jumbotron to Play Fortnite," 10 May 2018 Imagine losing strength and feeling in one or both of your hands. That’s just one of the challenges faced by some who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, a nerve disorder that can also cause pain and numbness. Trihealth,, "This month's episode: Carpal tunnel," 8 May 2018 Performing ambitions and discomfort from carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands spurred his decision to quit barbering in 1976. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Longtime downtown barber Rick Motta's selling his business but not quitting profession," 24 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'carpal tunnel syndrome.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of carpal tunnel syndrome

1950, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about carpal tunnel syndrome

Share carpal tunnel syndrome

Statistics for carpal tunnel syndrome

Last Updated

10 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for carpal tunnel syndrome

The first known use of carpal tunnel syndrome was in 1950

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for carpal tunnel syndrome

carpal tunnel syndrome


English Language Learners Definition of carpal tunnel syndrome

medical : a condition that causes pain and weakness in the wrist, hand, and fingers

carpal tunnel syndrome


Medical Definition of carpal tunnel syndrome 

: a condition caused by compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel and characterized especially by weakness, pain, and disturbances of sensation in the hand and fingers abbreviation CTS

More from Merriam-Webster on carpal tunnel syndrome

Nglish: Translation of carpal tunnel syndrome for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about carpal tunnel syndrome

Comments on carpal tunnel syndrome

What made you want to look up carpal tunnel syndrome? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!