Definition of luxate in US English:



[with object]Medicine
  • Dislocate.

    ‘the joint may become fixed into the luxated position’
    • ‘An inherited tendency, luxating patella can be aggravated by excess weight.’
    • ‘Any luxated tooth that interferes with normal occlusion requires immediate dental evaluation and treatment to avoid pain and further complications.’
    • ‘The hind-leg problems that trouble Boston terriers are known as luxating patella, a dislocation of the small, flat, moveable bone at the front of the knee.’
    • ‘The degree of abnormality can range from mild to extreme and can affect other skeletal problems including hip dysplasia, luxating patellae, osteochondritis dissecans and spina bifida.’
    • ‘The patella can become luxated, or dislocated, either as a result of trauma or because of a congenital malformation of the leg.’
    put out of joint, put out of place, displace, disjoint, disconnect, disengage
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Early 17th century: from Latin luxat- ‘dislocated’, from the verb luxare, from luxus ‘out of joint’.