Definition of subluxation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsʌblʌkˈseɪʃ(ə)n/


1A partial dislocation: a subluxation associated with a fracture [mass noun]: anterior subluxation
More example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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