hypermobility

noun

hy·​per·​mo·​bil·​i·​ty ˌhī-pər-mō-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce hypermobility (audio)
plural hypermobilities
: an increase in the range of movement of which a body part and especially a joint is capable
… don't continually try to pop your joints (i.e., crack your knuckles). This practice tends to create hypermobility and can lead to instability of the joint. Yoga Journal
There is evidence that hypermobility—the loose joints that many musicians have—seems to prevent repetitive-motion injuries. Industry Week
hypermobile
ˌhī-pər-ˈmō-bəl How to pronounce hypermobility (audio)
-ˌbī-əl
 also  -ˌbēl
adjective
hypermobile joints
a hypermobile patient [=a patient with hypermobile joints]
But for me, retinal damage was a symptom of a connective-tissue disorder, characterized by hypermobile joints and the threat of auditory and visual loss. Richard Lane

Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypermobility was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Hypermobility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypermobility. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

hypermobility

noun

hy·​per·​mo·​bil·​i·​ty ˌhī-pər-mō-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce hypermobility (audio)
plural hypermobilities
: an increase in the range of movement of which a body part and especially a joint is capable
hypermobility of the left temporomandibular joint due to the looseness of the capsular ligaments W. B. Farrar
hypermobile adjective
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