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Definition of "sprain" [sprain]

  • A painful wrenching or laceration of the ligaments of a joint. (noun)
  • The condition resulting from a sprain. (noun)
  • To cause a sprain to (a joint or ligament). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sprain" in a sentence
  • "Hollins, who has missed the past week with a mild ankle sprain, is averaging 12.2 points and 10.4 rebounds for Fort Worth. ..."
  • "It seems that one of the things that happens with a sprain is "proprioceptive deficit" which is a fancy way to say that you joint ability to "sense" where it is vs where it should be is reduced."
  • "They are similar to what is commonly called a sprain, but as they are"