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verb (used with object), lux·at·ed, lux·at·ing. Chiefly Medicine/Medical.
  1. to put out of joint; dislocate: The accident luxated the left shoulder.
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Origin of luxate

1615–25; < Latin luxātus (past participle of luxāre to put out of joint), equivalent to lux(us) dislocated (cognate with Greek loxós oblique) + -ā- theme vowel + -tus past participle suffix
Related formslux·a·tion, nounun·lux·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for luxate


  1. (tr) pathol to put (a shoulder, knee, etc) out of joint; dislocate
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Derived Formsluxation, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin luxāre to displace, from luxus dislocated; related to Greek loxos oblique
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luxate in Medicine


  1. To put out of joint; dislocate.
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Related formslux•ation n.
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