hy·​per·​ex·​tend | \ ˌhī-pər-ik-ˈstend How to pronounce hyperextend (audio) \
hyperextended; hyperextending; hyperextends

Definition of hyperextend

transitive verb

: 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 How to pronounce hyperextension (audio) \ noun

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Vonn hyperextended and sprained a ligament in her knee during a training crash on Nov. 19. Andrew Dampf, The Seattle Times, "US coach: Vonn plans to return to racing next month," 17 Dec. 2018 Ahmed hyperextended his right knee in the third quarter. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "UW’s Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed questionable this week; receiver Quinten Pounds out for the year with knee injury," 15 Oct. 2018 This can be caused by a neck injury, hyperextending your neck, or undergoing chiropractic neck manipulation, but Boden-Albala reminds us that these are rare. Korin Miller, SELF, "Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Johnson Says He Recently Had a 'Transient Ischemic Attack'," 11 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of hyperextend

1883, in the meaning defined above

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transitive verb
hy·​per·​ex·​tend | \ ˌhī-pə-rik-ˈstend How to pronounce hyperextend (audio) \

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 How to pronounce hyperextension (audio) \ noun

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