hy·per·ex·tend | \ˌhī-pər-ik-ˈstend \
hyperextended; hyperextending; hyperextends

Definition of hyperextend 

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: to extend so that the angle between bones of a joint is greater than normal a hyperextended elbow also : to extend (something, such as a body part) beyond the normal range of motion hyperextended her neck

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hyperextension \ˌhī-pər-ik-ˈsten(t)-shən \ noun

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In a recent practice, the linebacker’s left hand hyperextended on a routine tackle. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "Jesus, football, hair and children: Tauaefa’s personality influencing locals," 13 Apr. 2018 DeGrom hyperextended his elbow while swinging a bat Wednesday night in a loss to the Atlanta Braves. Matt Ehalt, USA TODAY, "Jacob deGrom has no structural damage in elbow, hopes to make next start," 3 May 2018 DeGrom, the Mets’ best starter this season, hyperextended his right elbow on a swing in the third inning of a 7-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Matt Harvey Comes to a Crossroads With the Mets," 2 May 2018 The Auburn softball second baseman, who played last season with a brace on her right knee after hyperextending it early in the season, has torn the cover off the ball to open her sophomore season. James Crepea, AL.com, "KK Crocker's clutch RBIs, Chardonnay Harris dominating in relief as Auburn softball gets 2 more shutouts," 9 Feb. 2018 Turner, a right-hand shooting stretch big, hyperextended his right elbow and missed nine games shortly before the All-Star break. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers eager to help Myles Turner find his mojo before playoffs start vs. Cavs," 12 Apr. 2018 Keep your back flat, pelvis slightly tucked, and core engaged throughout to avoid hyperextending your back. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Selena Gomez Strengthens Her Glutes With These 3 Pilates Moves," 16 Mar. 2018 But another huge mistake is twisting or hyperextending your back to propel and throw the snow off the shovel. Jacqueline Andriakos, Health.com, "7 Tips to Shovel Snow Safely and Efficiently (and Even Turn It Into a Workout)," 6 Feb. 2018 Beyond the horrible teen, there were plenty of other challenges: the general frequency with which men and women leaned on my windpipe or manipulated my joints or hyperextended my elbows. GQ, "Humiliation Can Be Healthy," 6 Feb. 2018

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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transitive verb
hy·per·ex·tend | \ˌhī-pə-rik-ˈstend \

Medical Definition of hyperextend 

: to extend so that the angle between bones of a joint is greater than normal a hyperextended elbow also : to extend (as a body part) beyond the normal range of motion

Other Words from hyperextend

hyperextension \-ˈsten-chən \ noun

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