rotator cuff

noun

: 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 The Dodgers could still use another frontline pitcher to compensate for the loss of Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who was on an All-Star trajectory before suffering a strained rotator cuff in his shoulder last month. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2024 There were signs of stresses to the right rotator cuffs, which usually occurs when the arm is in an extended elevated position and is common among painters, for example. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 27 June 2024 Yamamoto is on the IL with a strained rotator cuff. Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register, 25 June 2024 Veteran starters such as Paul Blackburn (stress reaction metatarsal), Ross Stripling (elbow), and Alex Wood (left rotator cuff tendonitis) would need to get back on the mound in the next five weeks and show something. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for rotator cuff 

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rotator cuff was in 1944

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“Rotator cuff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rotator%20cuff. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

rotator cuff

noun
: 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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