Definition of subluxation in English:


Line breaks: sub|lux¦ation
Pronunciation: /ˌsʌblʌkˈseɪʃ(ə)n


  • 1A partial dislocation: a subluxation associated with a fracture [mass noun]: anterior subluxation
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    • Pain or apprehension about the feeling of impending subluxation or dislocation indicates anterior glenohumeral instability.
    • Sometimes the fracture occurs at the base and the carpometacarpal joint, and there is the possibility of an associated dislocation or subluxation of the joint.
    • Recurrent anterior subluxations can also follow an acute dislocation.
  • 1.1A slight misalignment of the vertebrae, regarded in chiropractic theory as the cause of many health problems.
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    • Four out of five chiropractors in the Toronto area had found serious problems with Judy's spine - specifically subluxations that needed chiropractic treatment.
    • Vertebrae or facet joints can present subluxation or dislocate.
    • For example, when a bony joint in the spine, called a vertebra, is out of place, it is called a vertebral subluxation.





late 17th century: from modern Latin subluxatio(n-) (see sub-, luxate).

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