jumper's knee


: a painful condition of the knee caused by inflammation or small tears in the tendon of the patella that occurs especially in sports requiring strenuous jumping

Examples of jumper's knee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eccentric exercise, which lengthens your muscles, may help with jumper's knee. Yuliya Klochan, Health, 12 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jumper's knee was in 1977

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“Jumper's knee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jumper%27s%20knee. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition

jumper's knee

: patellar tendinitis
Concerns about jumper's knee can prompt basketball players to change practice routines.Kelly Bothum, The News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware)
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