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sprain

noun \ ˈsprān \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of sprain

1 : a sudden or violent twist or wrench of a joint with stretching or tearing of ligaments
2 : a sprained condition

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Origin and Etymology of sprain

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sprain

verb

Definition of sprain

sprained; spraining; sprains
: to injure by a sudden or severe twist

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First Known Use of sprain

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SPRAIN Defined for English Language Learners

sprain

Definition of sprain for English Language Learners

  • : to injure (a joint) by twisting it in a sudden and painful way


SPRAIN Defined for Kids

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sprain

noun \ ˈsprān \

Definition of sprain for Students

: an injury that results from the sudden or severe twisting of a joint with stretching or tearing of ligaments

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sprain

verb

Definition of sprain for Students

sprained; spraining
: to injure by a sudden or severe twist
  • She fell and sprained her ankle.

Medical Dictionary

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sprain

noun \ ˈsprān \

medical Definition of sprain

: a sudden or violent twist or wrench of a joint causing the stretching or tearing of ligaments and often rupture of blood vessels with hemorrhage into the tissues; also : the condition resulting from a sprain that is usually marked by swelling, inflammation, hemorrhage, and discoloration — compare 3strain b

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sprain

transitive verb

medical Definition of sprain

: to weaken (a joint or ligament) by sudden and violent twisting or wrenching : stretch (ligaments) injuriously without dislocation of the joint


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