flex·or | \ ˈflek-sər , -ˌsȯr \

Definition of flexor 

: a muscle serving to bend a body part (such as a limb)

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Yoenis Cespedes, the man designed to be the centerpiece of the offense, hasn’t played a game since May 14 with a hip flexor injury. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Sleepless at Citi Field: Why Mickey Callaway is the latest to toss and turn managing the Mets," 18 June 2018 The lunging movements of this exercise work your quads, hip flexors, glutes, hamstrings, and calves, says DiSalvo. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Entire Body With This 3-Move Kettlebell Circuit From Celebrity Trainer Ben Bruno," 30 May 2018 Denzel Ward played only part of the first practice, then suffered a minor hip flexor injury. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "When will Baker Mayfield start for the Browns? (Video)," 14 May 2018 Los Angeles Clippers -- 39-34 Injuries: Pelicans: Rajon Rondo (right wrist sprain) and Nikola Mirotic (right hip flexor) are questionable. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers: How to watch, TV, streaming info," 27 Mar. 2018 Bane expects to be at full strength after dealing with a strained right hip flexor that cost him a spot in the starting lineup in Saturday’s 102-97 loss at Oklahoma, which climbed to fourth in the AP rankings. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Still in the Top 25, TCU getting respect despite rough start to Big 12 play," 15 Jan. 2018 Sometime during Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns, Bagley tweaked his right hip flexor and groin area. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Marvin Bagley Injures Hip, Groin; Set for MRI," 8 July 2018 Cespedes has missed the last 20 games with an injury the team lists as a mild strain of the right hip flexor. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "These Are Not the Mets Mickey Callaway Is Looking For," 3 June 2018 There is no obvious defect in the abdominal muscles and subtle tears of the hip adductor and flexor muscles can be missed. Dr. Harlan Selesnick, miamiherald, "Soccer player has pain in lower abdomen and groin - a sports hernia? | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of flexor

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flexor

borrowed from New Latin, from Latin flectere "to cause to go in a different direction, bend, curve" (of uncertain origin) + -tor, agent suffix

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flex·or | \ ˈflek-sər , -ˌsȯ(ə)r \

Medical Definition of flexor 

: a muscle serving to bend a body part (as a limb)

called also flexor muscle

— compare extensor

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