rotator cuff


Definition of rotator cuff

: a supporting and strengthening structure of the shoulder joint that is made up of the capsule of the shoulder joint blended with tendons and muscles as they pass to the capsule or across it to insert on the head of the humerus

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Adam Lefkoe of Bleacher Report reported that Abram had suffered a torn rotator cuff and labrum. Matt Kawahara,, "Reports: Raiders’ Johnathan Abram suffered shoulder injury," 10 Sep. 2019 That shoulder problem turned out to be a torn rotator cuff. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "In Her U.S. Open Victory, Bianca Andreescu Shows the Swagger That Serena Williams Brought to Women’s Tennis," 8 Sep. 2019 Hultzen received a five-year, $8.5 million bonus from the Mariners out of the University of Virginia and advanced to Triple-A Tacoma in 2013 before suffering injuries to his labrum and rotator cuff that forced him to miss all of 2014. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs plan to promote reliever Danny Hultzen, the 2nd pick in the 2011 draft," 6 Sep. 2019 Severino — who has been sidelined all year, first with a rotator cuff injury and then a strained lat muscle — is scheduled to throw off a mound for the first time since March. Kristie Ackert,, "Domingo German has been a season-saver for Yankees," 9 Aug. 2019 Luis Severino, the team’s best starting pitcher, hasn’t thrown a pitch all season because of a rotator cuff injury and a puzzling lat strain. James Wagner, New York Times, "The Yankees Are Still on Top, but the Red Sox Are Surging," 29 July 2019 He hasn’t pitched in a live game since being placed on the injured list last August with rotator cuff tendinitis. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, "A’s pitchers Sean Manaea, Jharel Cotton make progress toward return to roster," 6 July 2019 Tommy John surgery in the spring of 1991 and, a year later, rotator cuff repair. Tim Layden,, "Jon Peters and the Pain of Being 'SUPERKID'," 28 June 2019 However, a rotator cuff injury his junior year interrupted that, preventing him from competing at the section championships. San Diego Union-Tribune, "U-T All-Academic Team Captains for spring sports," 12 June 2019

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rotator cuff

chiefly US, medical : a group of muscles and tendons that are around your shoulder and that allow it to move in all directions

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Medical Definition of rotator cuff

: a supporting and strengthening structure of the shoulder joint that is made up of part of its capsule blended with tendons of the subscapularis, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, and teres minor muscles as they pass to the capsule or across it to insert on the humerus

called also musculotendinous cuff

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