rotator cuff

noun

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

Examples of rotator cuff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s not a rotator cuff, knee or ankle on Flannery that has dodged the surgical knife. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Former Padres sparkplug Tim Flannery speaks on serious health fight," 20 Nov. 2020 Improving your shoulder stability isn’t only about strengthening your rotator cuff muscles, though. Christa Sgobba, SELF, "This Rotator Cuff Workout Will Strengthen and Stabilize Your Shoulders," 3 Oct. 2020 Brees bruised his rotator cuff in the game — avoiding serious injury like a repeat of 2005 — but was ruled out of the following game against the Carolina Panthers. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Drew Brees has missed 7 starts due to injury in 25 years. A review of the Saints QB's serious injuries," 17 Nov. 2020 Bray was set to be the backup this week after quarterback Mitch Trubisky injured his right shoulder, an issue that affected his labrum and his rotator cuff, NFL Network reported. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Can the Chicago Bears overcome their COVID-19 and injury issues and beat the Tennessee Titans? Our Week 9 predictions.," 6 Nov. 2020 After turning in 162 innings with Triple-A Indianapolis in 1969, 151 in Puerto Rico during the offseason and 170 ⅔ in 1970, Simpson tore the rotator cuff in his right shoulder while pitching against the Chicago Cubs on July 31. Mark Schmetzer, The Enquirer, "Rockin' the Riverfront, Part 9: Riverfront Stadium saw its share of 'what ifs'," 4 Nov. 2020 Before cutting to sponsors, Burke was shown taking a nasty tumble and hitting something (the injury moved from head, to neck, to rotator cuff) while rehearsing her tango with Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'DWTS' recap: Cheryl Burke dials drama with injury; Monica Aldama's Nurse Ratched can't save herself," 27 Oct. 2020 The following rotator cuff workout created by Fagan does just that. Christa Sgobba, SELF, "This Rotator Cuff Workout Will Strengthen and Stabilize Your Shoulders," 3 Oct. 2020 But the Broncos lost star receiver Courtland Sutton for the season to a torn ACL, and starting quarterback Drew Lock will miss multiple weeks with a rotator cuff strain. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "How to watch every NFL game in Week 3: Free live streams, TV options, odds (9/27/20)," 27 Sep. 2020

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Rotator cuff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rotator%20cuff. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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rotator cuff

noun

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

rotator cuff

noun
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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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