overlengthen

verb
over·​length·​en | \ ˌō-vər-ˈleŋ(k)-thən How to pronounce overlengthen (audio) , -ˈlen(t)- \
overlengthened; overlengthening

Definition of overlengthen

transitive + intransitive

: to lengthen (something, such as a body part) too much Several yoga stretches involve twisting at the knee, or lying back on folded, twisted knees, which forcibly overlengthens the collateral ligament …— Jolie Bookspan If the muscle overlengthens, … a stretch reflex will occur, thereby contracting the muscle.— Mark Ansell

First Known Use of overlengthen

1821, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overlengthen was in 1821

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“Overlengthen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overlengthen. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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