dis·​lo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌdis-(ˌ)lō-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce dislocation (audio) , -lə- \

Definition of dislocation

: the act of dislocating : the state of being dislocated: such as
a : displacement of one or more bones at a joint : luxation
b : a discontinuity in the otherwise normal lattice structure of a crystal
c : disruption of an established order

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Examples of dislocation in a Sentence

the slightest dislocation in her daily routine bothered the elderly woman
Recent Examples on the Web What Earthquake Bird gets right is the sense of dislocation that can arise from living as a stranger in a strange land. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Netflix This Thanksgiving Weekend," 27 Nov. 2019 The one that worked out well was a labrum and not a dislocation. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, "Could Tua Tagovailoa still be a top-10 pick? NFL scouts weigh in," 19 Nov. 2019 Broncos coach Vic Fangio said Monday that Janovich suffered a season-ending elbow dislocation Sunday in Minnesota. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Broncos FB Andy Janovich’s season-ending elbow injury opens up a window for rookie Andrew Beck," 18 Nov. 2019 Injury Update Reserve linebacker Shayne Simon was due to undergo an MRI on his right kneecap Sunday after suffering a dislocation against Navy. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame rover Paul Moala opens eyes with a Penn High School-style scoring play," 17 Nov. 2019 Mahomes suffered a patella dislocation, and will have to undergo an MRI to determine if there was ligament damage, according to NFL Network. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes suffers knee injury in Chiefs' game vs. Broncos," 18 Oct. 2019 Buxton hurt his shoulder in a collision with the outfield wall on Aug. 1 in Miami chasing after a ball that eventually went for a triple and was diagnosed with a shoulder sublaxation, a partial dislocation. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins’ Byron Buxton undergoes season-ending surgery," 10 Sep. 2019 Reports indicate that Gomes suffered a 'fracture dislocation of his right ankle' and will undergo surgery on Monday, with no word yet on the expected recovery timeline. SI.com, "Cenk Tosun Says He Would 'Rather Lose 5-0' After Andre Gomes Horror Injury," 4 Nov. 2019 Those include skin that bruises easily, frequent dislocations, chronic pain as well as flexible joints that seem to damage easily. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Lena Dunham says she has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Here's what it is," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of dislocation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dislocation was in the 14th century

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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Dislocation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dislocation. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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More Definitions for dislocation


dis·​lo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌdis-lō-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce dislocation (audio) \

Kids Definition of dislocation

: the condition of being moved out of a normal location


dis·​lo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌdis-(ˌ)lō-ˈkā-shən, -lə- How to pronounce dislocation (audio) \

Medical Definition of dislocation

: displacement of one or more bones at a joint : luxation

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