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sprain

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noun \ˈsprān\

Definition of sprain

  1. 1 :  a sudden or violent twist or wrench of a joint with stretching or tearing of ligaments

  2. 2 :  a sprained condition

Origin and Etymology of sprain

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1601


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sprain

verb

Definition of sprain

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to injure by a sudden or severe twist

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First Known Use of sprain

1622


SPRAIN Defined for English Language Learners

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sprain

verb

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

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noun \ˈsprān\

Definition of sprain for Students

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


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sprain

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verb

Definition of sprain for Students

sprained

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spraining

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


Medical Dictionary

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sprain

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noun \ˈsprān\

Medical Definition of sprain

  1. :  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 strain[3] b


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sprain

transitive verb

Medical Definition of sprain

  1. :  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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