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 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, "76ers announce that All-Star Ben Simmons needs knee surgery," 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, "After conoravirus canceled NCAA homecoming, Dallas Olympian Madison Kocian looks to life post-gymnastics," 12 Apr. 2020 McCarthy had what the Braves said was a subluxation of his non-throwing shoulder, which can refer to a partial dislocation . ., "Death toll from bus crash rises to 16," 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, "Texans' Justin Reid keeps making plays through the pain," 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, "‘He’s Given Everything’: C.C. Sabathia’s Career Ends in Pain," 18 Oct. 2019 Buxton suffered a left shoulder subluxation Thursday, running into the wall in Miami chasing after a Harold Ramirez triple. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins get C.J. Cron back, lose Byron Buxton, Michael Pineda to IL," 3 Aug. 2019 Globe subluxation can be triggered by trauma, eyelid manipulation, or, in theory, something like forcing yourself to keep your eyes open during an extremely powerful sneeze, Dr. Steele says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Can You Sneeze With Your Eyes Open?," 22 Mar. 2019 Technically, this is not a dislocation but a subluxation. Profootballdoc,, "How Tony Finau came back from horrific-looking ankle injury to lead Masters," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of subluxation

1634, in the meaning defined above

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21 Aug 2020

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“Subluxation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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