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From modern Latin, corresponding to sub- +‎ luxation.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˌsʌb.lʌkˈseɪ.ʃən/
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subluxation (countable and uncountable, plural subluxations)

  1. (pathology) The partial dislocation of something, such as one of the bones of a joint, a tooth, or the lens of an eye.
    • 1988, Donald Resnick, Diagnosis of Bone and Joint Disorders
      Lateral subluxation of the atlantoaxial joints has also been observed in rheumatoid arthritis patients.
    • 2001, William Tasman, Edward A. Jaeger, The Wills Eye Hospital Atlas of Clinical Ophthalmology, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (→ISBN), page 78:
      Many diseases and trauma are associated with lens subluxation. Clinical Features. All degrees of subluxation may be seen. Classically, iridodonesis is seen on slit lamp examination with eye movement. Phakodonesis may also be observed.
    • 2004, Michael Crocetti, Michael A. Barone, Frank A. Oski, Oski's Essential Pediatrics, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (→ISBN), page 176:
      Subluxation of a tooth may cause bleeding and mobility of the tooth as a result of injury to the periodontal fibers. Displacement of the tooth is not usually apparent. Approximately 15 % to 20 % of reported trauma cases exhibit [it].

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subluxation f (plural subluxations)

  1. subluxation