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 bulletin said issues along the southern border could also present a trigger point for extremists. Luke Barr, ABC News, 7 June 2022 This spring the level hit a trigger point of 3,525 feet, 35 feet above the shutoff level. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 Others believe that his trigger point might be a more direct entry into the war by NATO countries. New York Times, 17 Mar. 2022 While Russia’s own military doctrine lays out the potential use of nuclear weapons only in the event the existence of its state is at risk, some Russia experts believe its true trigger point may fall beneath that threshold. Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2022 But if the water level drops below the 1,075-foot trigger point, Arizona and Nevada will face water delivery cuts, according to the Washington Times. Lauren Steele, Outside Online, 9 July 2014 The Port of Seattle estimates that the cloud ceiling at Sea-Tac is below the trigger point about 20% of the year. Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Jan. 2022 Even clean on-shore wind parks in Germany are a trigger point for affected residents who often complain the giant turbines are an eyesore. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 11 Dec. 2021 Many people are upset about masks because it's been made out to be a trigger point by many leaders that people are listening to. CNN, 23 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of trigger point

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jun 2022

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“Trigger point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trigger%20point. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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

called also trigger area, trigger zone

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