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

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Vallée uses fragments of memories, dreamlike sequences, and trigger points to hint at her history, flashing back and forth through time. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Twisted, Enthralling Rot of Sharp Objects," 7 July 2018 That will happen when linear or rotational accelerations exceed a gravitational force of 85, a trigger point Tozuda says on its website was determined using data from a study by the Department of Orthopedics at Brown University. Diane Mastrull, Philly.com, "Hey Philly area start-ups, click here if you have what it takes to win our Stellar StartUps contest," 31 May 2018 Here are some possible trigger points to gauge the timing of a possible increase in the prime rate, which the city’s major banks have held at 5 percent since November 2008. Bloomberg.com, "What Could End Hong Kong's Property Boom? Here Are Some Triggers," 2 May 2018 This could mean starting with non-opiate medications, trigger point injections and Lidocaine patches placed right on the area of pain, or IV drips with Lidocaine. Kelly David Burke, Fox News, "Colorado hospitals find success in reducing opioid addiction," 27 Mar. 2018 And its reach is expanding, because the trigger points aren’t adjusted for inflation. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "What the Senate’s 3.8% Surtax Means for American Taxpayers," 14 July 2017 The legislation doesn’t meet Trump’s request for trigger points that would automatically reimpose sanctions unless Iran meets a list of U.S. demands, including to curb its ballistic missile program. Anna Edgerton, Bloomberg.com, "Iran Sanctions Over Support for Hezbollah Pass U.S. House," 26 Oct. 2017 The trigger point in this entire WWE vs. Bullet Club battle occurred during the Being The Elite takeover of Raw in California. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "The Week in Wrestling: The Latest on Neville’s Situation and the Bullet Club’s Feud With WWE," 18 Oct. 2017 Its services will include both manual and physical therapy to reduce and prevent aches and pains in the musculoskeletal system, as well as spine care, workplace injury prevention, chronic pain management and trigger point dry needling. Sheldon S. Shafer, The Courier-Journal, "Work to start on long-delayed West End YMCA branch," 17 Oct. 2017

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circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

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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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