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extensor

Line breaks: ex¦ten|sor
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈstɛnsə
 
, ɛk-/
(also extensor muscle)

Definition of extensor in English:

noun

Anatomy
A muscle whose contraction extends or straightens a limb or other part of the body. Often contrasted with flexor.
Example sentences
  • The limb is supplied with a single extensor muscle and a single flexor, all other joints are considered rigid, and the objective of the CNS is to maintain the position of the limb.
  • The anterior compartment flexor muscles of the arm are innervated by the musculocutaneous nerve, and the large posterior compartment extensor muscle is innervated by the radial nerve.
  • Flexion force applied against long finger (third digit) extension distal to the proximal interphalangeal joint may provoke pain over the extensor muscle mass in the proximal forearm.

Origin

early 18th century: from late Latin, from extens- 'stretched out', from the verb extendere (see extend).

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