repetitive strain injury

noun
|Updated on: 3 May 2018

Definition of repetitive strain injury

: any of various painful musculoskeletal disorders (such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis) caused by cumulative damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, or joints (as of the hand or shoulder) from highly repetitive movements called also repetitive stress injury

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1983

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Medical Dictionary

repetitive strain injury

noun re·pet·i·tive strain injury \ ri-ˈpet-ət-iv- \

medical Definition of repetitive strain injury

: any of various musculoskeletal disorders (as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis) that are caused by cumulative damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, or joints (as of the hand, wrist, arm, or shoulder) from highly repetitive movements and that are characterized chiefly by pain, weakness, and loss of feeling called also cumulative trauma disorder, repetitive motion injury, repetitive stress injury, repetitive stress syndrome, RSI

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