sub·​lux·​a·​tion | \ ˌsə-ˌblək-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce subluxation (audio) \

Definition of subluxation

: partial dislocation (as of one of the bones in a joint)

Examples of subluxation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, 38, suffered a hip subluxation – that means the ball of his femur at least partially dislocated from the hip socket – and will be out several weeks, according to NFL Network. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2021 Anderson, who was sidelined because of left shoulder subluxation, started Saturday and went 1 for 4., 25 July 2021 The Padres’ dynamic shortstop is expected to be activated for Friday’s series opener, having averted surgery following a subluxation of his left shoulder. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2021 Simmons left Philadelphia's game against Washington on Wednesday midway through the third quarter because of injury, officially diagnosed as a subluxation of the left patella. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, 8 Aug. 2020 Adding to her injury history, which included a fractured tibia four months before the 2016 Games, Kocian suffered a right shoulder subluxation last September. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 12 Apr. 2020 McCarthy had what the Braves said was a subluxation of his non-throwing shoulder, which can refer to a partial dislocation . ., 12 Apr. 2018 It's become a chronic injury during which the second-year player from Stanford deals with subluxations in his shoulder. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, 16 Dec. 2019 On Friday, the day after their dreary 8-3 loss to the Astros, the Yankees announced Sabathia had sustained a subluxation, or partial dislocation, of his left shoulder and would be replaced on the roster by the right-hander Ben Heller. Bob Klapisch, New York Times, 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of subluxation

1634, in the meaning defined above

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“Subluxation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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sub·​lux·​a·​tion | \ ˌsəb-ˌlək-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce subluxation (audio) \

Medical Definition of subluxation

: partial dislocation (as of one of the bones in a joint)


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