sub·​lux·​a·​tion ˌsə-ˌblək-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce subluxation (audio)
: partial dislocation (as of one of the bones in a joint)

Examples of subluxation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are several surgical kneecap stabilization procedures that can be done for recurring patella dislocations or subluxations. Jonathan Cluett, Md, Verywell Health, 9 Nov. 2023 Last season, when Rendon missed most of the year after undergoing surgery on his right wrist for an ECU tendon subluxation, the Angels went 47-68 without Rendon in the lineup on their way to a 73-89 record. Sarah Valenzuela, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2023 The release described the origin of the injury as a subluxation, which is a partial dislocation, and Hayes was evaluated by three doctors — Pistons head team physician Dr. Bill Motzouros, Dr. Bryan Kelly in New York and Dr. James Roseneck in Cleveland. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 20 Jan. 2021 Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is on track to return to the starting lineup Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns after missing the previous 11 games because of a left shoulder subluxation suffered in a Dec. 14 loss to Indiana, The Chronicle has confirmed. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Jan. 2023 He was later diagnosed with a subluxation of the right ankle — in effect, a dislocation in which the bone temporarily pops out of joint. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Mar. 2022 San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. had to leave Monday night's 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park with a left shoulder subluxation. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2021 What qualifies as a subluxation shifted, too. Leslie Nemo, Discover Magazine, 15 Mar. 2021 Powell has endured shoulder injuries throughout his eight-year career, including a previous subluxation of his left shoulder in November 2018. Staff Writer follow, Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1634, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subluxation was in 1634

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“Subluxation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


sub·​lux·​a·​tion ˌsəb-ˌlək-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce subluxation (audio)
: partial dislocation (as of one of the bones in a joint)
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