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[n] a painful injury to a joint caused by a sudden wrenching of its ligaments
[v] twist suddenly so as to sprain; "wrench one's ankle"; "The wrestler twisted his shoulder"; "the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell"; "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days"


rick, turn, twist, wrench, wrick

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injure, pull, twist, wound, wrench

Misc. Definitions

\Sprain\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sprained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spraining}.] [OF. espreindreto press, to force out, F. ['e]preindre, fr. L. exprimere. See {Express}, v. t., and cf. {Spraints}.] To weaken, as a joint, ligament, or muscle, by sudden and excessive exertion, as by wrenching; to overstrain, or stretch injuriously, but without luxation; as, to sprain one's ankle.
\Sprain\, n. The act or result of spraining; lameness caused by spraining; as, a bad sprain of the wrist. {Sprain fracture} (Med.), the separation of a tendon from its point of insertion, with the detachment of a shell of bone to which the tendon is attached.

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