Definition of Rotator cuff

1. Noun. A supporting structure of the shoulder consisting of the muscles and tendons that attach the arm to the shoulder joint and enable the arm to move.

Definition of Rotator cuff

1. Noun. A set of four smaller muscles in the shoulder responsible for rotating the humerus (upper arm bone). ¹

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Medical Definition of Rotator cuff

1. The rotator cuff is a tendon formed by three distinct muscles: teres minor, supraspinatus and infraspinatus, which stabilise the head of the humerus within the shoulder joint. Tendinitis or injury to the rotator cuff muscle can make shoulder abduction (lifting the arm out to the side) and external rotation painful. In most cases treatment includes rest, ice and physical therapy to strengthen the shoulder muscles. (13 Nov 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rotator Cuff

rotational axis
rotational energy
rotational latency
rotational molding
rotational moulding
rotational nystagmus
rotational period
rotational transform
rotator cuff (current term)
rotator cuff tendinitis
rotator cuffs
rotator muscles
rotatores cervicis muscles
rotatores lumborum muscles
rotatores muscles
rotatores thoracis muscles
rotatory joint
rotatory nystagmus
rotatory spasm

Literary usage of Rotator cuff

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Physical Fitness: A Guide for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury by David F. Apple, Jr. (1996)
"Tenderness at the rotator cuff insertion, easily exposed with passive extension of the shoulder, is consistent with rotator cuff tendinitis. ..."

2. Worker Protection: Private Sector Ergonomics Programs Yield Positive Results edited by Nancy Crothers (1998)
"... syndrome," "thoracic outlet syndrome," "tendinitis," "epicondylitis," "torn rotator cuff," "torn meniscus," and "acute strains involving the back. ..."

3. Proceedings of the Scientific Workshop on the Health Effects of Electric and by Philip J. Bierbaum (1994)
"... Hazelman B, Fitton-Jackson S, Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy of persistent rotator cuff tendinitis. Lancet 1984; 8379:695-698. ..."

4. The Developers: The Easiest Thing to Find on the Internet: Crazy People by Ben Woods (2006)
"He missed all 12, although he was lying down, and Butch had problems throwing due to a torn rotator cuff. "I guess I don't have anything better to do at ..."

5. Papers and Proceedings of the Surgeon General's Conference on Agricultural edited by Melvin L. Myers (1994)
"There is rotator cuff, pronator teres syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, and epicondylitis. These are just examples. Do not get the idea that there are just ..."

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