Definition of partial dislocation in English:

partial dislocation

noun

  • 1Surgery a dislocation in which the relationship of the bones is disturbed but contact between them is maintained; the fact of being so disturbed.

  • 2Crystallography a dislocation in which the displacement involved, as represented by the Burgers vector, is not an integral multiple of the lattice spacing.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Southern Literary Messenger.