tennis elbow


: inflammation and pain over the outer side of the elbow usually resulting from excessive strain on and twisting of the forearm

Examples of tennis elbow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Varying forms of exercise can help prevent tennis elbow the same way drinking different beverages can lower any risks those beverages cause. Vivi Smilgius,, 14 July 2023 The inside of the paddle features a high-density honeycomb design that reduces vibrations when the ball makes contact, effectively limiting common injuries such as tennis elbow, while supporting comfortable gameplay. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 16 May 2023 The pain can be from an injury – like tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, or maybe a strain from weightlifting or running – or even from arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Scott Kramer, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 Last fall on Late Night With Seth Myers, Amanda Peet shared a story about getting tennis elbow playing pickleball; Dr. Brené Brown owns a team in Austin; Entourage creator Doug Ellin, Brian and Veronica Grazer, and Jim Berkus of United Talent Agency are all hooked. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, 13 Mar. 2022 Ergonomically, the gear-shifting motion is hindered by an encroaching console that promises tennis elbow with every shift to the far side of the four-speed pattern. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 3 Feb. 2023 Lifters with poor technique can suffer shoulder, neck, lower-back and quad injuries, and even tennis elbow. William Neff, Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2022 That makes the belt squat an ideal leg day exercise for people with twitchy backs or an upper body injury such as weightlifter’s shoulder or tennis elbow. Men's Health, 24 Oct. 2022 And, of course, there’s lateral epicondylitis, commonly known as tennis elbow — now pickleball elbow. Matt Richtel,, 20 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tennis elbow was in 1883

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“Tennis elbow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

tennis elbow

ten·​nis elbow ˈten-əs- How to pronounce tennis elbow (audio)
: inflammation and pain over the outer side of the elbow involving the lateral epicondyle of the humerus and usually resulting from excessive strain on and twisting of the forearm

called also lateral humeral epicondylitis

compare little league elbow
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