trigger point


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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Both scores operate more like the music in a video game, with a complex web of variables and trigger points. Tim Greiving,, "Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge needed a musical score. Cue John ‘Obi-wan’ Williams," 12 June 2019 Zechiedrich theorizes these bubbles might provide trigger points for replication or gene expression. Quanta Magazine, "How Strange Twists in DNA Orchestrate Life," 5 Jan. 2016 With tension-type headaches, some people also experience increased muscle tension, so releasing the trigger points could help, Dr. Newman says. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "12 Ways to Get Rid of a Headache Without Medicine," 23 May 2019 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,, "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., "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

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circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

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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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