sprain

[ spreyn ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to overstrain or wrench (the ligaments of an ankle, wrist, or other joint) so as to injure without fracture or dislocation.

noun
  1. a violent straining or wrenching of the parts around a joint, without dislocation.

  2. the condition of being sprained.

Origin of sprain

1
First recorded in 1595–1605; origin uncertain

synonym study For sprain

1. See strain1.

Other words for sprain

Other words from sprain

  • un·sprained, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for sprain

sprain

/ (spreɪn) /


verb
  1. (tr) to injure (a joint) by a sudden twisting or wrenching of its ligaments

noun
  1. the resulting injury to such a joint, characterized by swelling and temporary disability

Origin of sprain

1
C17: of uncertain origin

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