dislocation

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noun dis·lo·ca·tion \ ˌdis-(ˌ)lō-ˈkā-shən , -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

Examples of dislocation in a Sentence

  1. the slightest dislocation in her daily routine bothered the elderly woman

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First Known Use of dislocation

14th century

dislocation Synonyms


DISLOCATION Defined for Kids

dislocation

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noun dis·lo·ca·tion \ ˌdis-lō-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of dislocation for Students

:the condition of being moved out of a normal location

Medical Dictionary

dislocation

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noun dis·lo·ca·tion \ ˌdis-(ˌ)lō-ˈkā-shən, -lə- \

medical Definition of dislocation

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


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