trigger point

noun

Definition of trigger point

: a localized usually tender or painful area of the body and especially of a muscle that when stimulated gives rise to pain elsewhere in the body

Examples of trigger point in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The latest projections from the federal government show the reservoir will soon fall 7 more feet to cross the trigger point for a shortage in 2022, forcing the largest mandatory water cutbacks yet in Arizona, Nevada and Mexico. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, "As a hotter, drier climate grips the Colorado River, water risks grow across the Southwest," 18 Mar. 2019 Masseur - There is no shortage of body workers in Palm Beach county, but one who really stands out is David Lepp, who combines customized deep tissue with Hawaiian lomi lomi, trigger point, and medical massage. Beth Landman, Forbes, "Insider Tips For A Palm Beach Visit," 7 Apr. 2021 This is a great set for trigger point therapy in order to relieve sore muscles. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Lacrosse Balls," 25 Mar. 2021 Stationary fronts, like the one bringing the Mid-South so much heavy rain this weekend, are a common trigger point for fog around this time of year. Dennis Mersereau, Forbes, "Spring’s Wild Temperature Swings Are The Perfect Recipe For Dense Fog," 28 Feb. 2021 Vaccinations are the trigger point that will get people back to work, travel, and going out to restaurants, stores, sporting events, and concerts. Bill George, Fortune, "A 7-step plan for business leaders to win in the post-COVID economy," 28 Feb. 2021 Besides the high number of community outbreaks, the county also is past the trigger point in the rate of cases. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "County approves plan to enforce COVID-19 health orders," 4 Aug. 2020 Neurons fire an electrical impulse when the voltage difference between the inside and outside of the neuron reaches a certain trigger point. Quanta Magazine, "Spreading the Word on a Possible Alzheimer’s Treatment," 27 May 2020 The peaks and troughs of voltage oscillations in brain waves nudge the neuron closer to the trigger point or farther away from it, thereby boosting or inhibiting its tendency to fire. Quanta Magazine, "Spreading the Word on a Possible Alzheimer’s Treatment," 27 May 2020

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First Known Use of trigger point

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trigger point was circa 1891

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26 Apr 2021

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“Trigger point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trigger%20point. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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trigger point

noun

Medical Definition of trigger point

: a localized usually tender or painful area of the body and especially of a muscle that when stimulated gives rise to pain elsewhere in the body A trigger point in the calf muscle can also cause discomfort or weakness in the heel or arch; a trigger point in the thigh may cause pain around the knee.Runner's World, February 1995

called also trigger area, trigger zone

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