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

Examples of rotator cuff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In July 2019, Isakson took a fall in his apartment that fractured four ribs and tore his rotator cuff. Tamar Hallerman, ajc, 19 Dec. 2021 The rebab included band exercises, massages, and work on his rotator cuff. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 11 Dec. 2021 No rotator cuff, no biceps tendon, which was a lucky break. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Oct. 2021 Last August, Hart had shoulder surgery to repair his rotator cuff. Olivia Jakiel,, 18 Nov. 2021 According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the damage was severe: a dislocation and tears to the labrum, biceps and rotator cuff. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 29 Oct. 2021 Williams finished the 2020 season with a rotator cuff strain that forced him to miss much of spring training, also putting him behind at the start of this season. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Sep. 2021 RHP Darren O'Day played catch on the field, his first time throwing since he was sidelined by a rotator cuff strain in his pitching shoulder. Larry Fleisher, Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 In addition to the pain and swelling, Mayfield told Glazer that ‘the fracture is preventing his rotator cuff from firing.’ With plenty of damage in the shoulder already, Mayfield and his team will have to make some serious decisions how to proceed. cleveland, 22 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of rotator cuff

1944, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2022

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“Rotator cuff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of rotator cuff

: 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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