overlengthen

verb, transitive + intransitive over·length·en \ ˌō-vər-ˈleŋ(k)-thən , -ˈlen(t)- \

Definition of overlengthen

overlengthened; overlengthening
: 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

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