Definition of Flexure

1. Noun. The state of being flexed (as of a joint).

Exact synonyms: Flection, Flexion
Generic synonyms: Physical Condition, Physiological Condition, Physiological State
Derivative terms: Flex

2. Noun. An angular or rounded shape made by folding. "A bend of his elbow"
Exact synonyms: Bend, Crease, Crimp, Fold, Plication
Specialized synonyms: Plait, Pleat, Kink, Twirl, Twist, Pucker, Ruck
Generic synonyms: Angular Shape, Angularity
Derivative terms: Bend, Bend, Crimp, Flex, Fold, Plicate

3. Noun. Act of bending a joint; especially a joint between the bones of a limb so that the angle between them is decreased.
Exact synonyms: Flexion
Generic synonyms: Bending
Specialized synonyms: Flex, Dorsiflexion
Antonyms: Extension
Derivative terms: Flex, Flex

Definition of Flexure

1. n. The act of flexing or bending; a turning or curving; flexion; hence, obsequious bowing or bending.

Definition of Flexure

1. Noun. The act of bending or flexing; flexion. ¹

2. Noun. A curve or bend in a tubular organ. ¹

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Definition of Flexure

1. the act of bending [n -S] : FLEXURAL [adj]

Medical Definition of Flexure

1. 1. The act of flexing or bending; a turning or curving; flexion; hence, obsequious bowing or bending. "Will it give place to flexure and low bending?" (Shak) 2. A turn; a bend; a fold; a curve. "Varying with the flexures of the valley through which it meandered." (British Quart. Rev) 3. The last joint, or bend, of the wing of a bird. 4. The small distortion of an astronomical instrument caused by the weight of its parts; the amount to be added or substracted from the observed readings of the instrument to correct them for this distortion. The flexure of a curve, the bending of a curve towards or from a straight line. Origin: L. Flexura. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Flexure

flexura coli dextra
flexura coli sinistra
flexura duodeni inferior
flexura duodeni superior
flexura duodenojejunalis
flexura perinealis recti
flexura sacralis recti
flexura sigmoidea
flexural eczema
flexure (current term)

Literary usage of Flexure

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1. Mathematical and Physical Papers: Collected from Different Scientific by Baron William Thomson Kelvin, Sir Joseph Larmor, James Prescott Joule (1890)
"Principal Flexural Rigidities and Principal Planes of flexure of a Beam.—The flexural rigidity of a rod is generally not equal in different directions, ..."

2. A Manual of Spherical and Practical Astronomy: Embracing the General by William Chauvenet (1900)
"flexure.—The flexure of the hour axis may be supposed to be altogether ... The flexure of the declination axis, being assumed to result solely from the ..."

3. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1870)
"The Colon is divided into four parts, the ascending, transverse, descending, and the sigmoid flexure. The ascending colon is smaller than the caecum. ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1887)
"The situation of the duodeno-jejunal flexure is very constant ... The position of the sigmoid flexure is very variable, and the different forms are ..."

5. Report of the Annual Meeting (1892)
"Tlie Cause of Monoclinal flexure. ... but it is cot easy to see how a monoclinal flexure which appears in section as a flexure connecting two horizontal ..."

6. The Elasticity and Resistance of the Materials of Engineering by William Hubert Burr (1915)
"BENDING OR flexure. Art. 89.—Modulus of Elasticity. THE modulus of elasticity as determined by experiments in flexure can scarcely be considered other than ..."

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