sprain

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Etymology[edit]

1601, verb attested 1622. Possibly from Middle French espraindre (to press out, to wring), from Latin exprimere,[1] in which case cognate to express.

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sprain (plural sprains)

  1. The act or result of spraining; lameness caused by spraining; as, a bad sprain of the wrist.

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sprain (third-person singular simple present sprains, present participle spraining, simple past and past participle sprained)

  1. To weaken, as a joint, ligament, or muscle, by sudden and excessive exertion, as by wrenching; to overstrain, or stretch injuriously, but without luxation; as, to sprain one's ankle.

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  1. ^ sprain” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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