sprain vs strain :

sprain or strain

So did you sprain your leg or strain it? It will take someone with medical training to say for sure. Technically, a sprain is a ligament injury and a strain is tendon or muscle injury. But don’t fret about the distinction if you’re trying to explain to your friends why you may not be able to finish a hike; they won’t hold it against you if your “sprain” turns out to be a “strain.”

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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
    the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell

  • n  (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
  • n  difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension
    she endured the stresses and strains of life
  • n  a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
  • n  (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress
    his responsibilities were a constant strain
    the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him
  • n  a special variety of domesticated animals within a species
    he created a new strain of sheep
  • n  (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
    a new strain of microorganisms
  • n  injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain
  • n  the general meaning or substance of an utterance
  • n  an effortful attempt to attain a goal
  • n  an intense or violent exertion
  • n  the act of singing
  • v  to exert much effort or energy
    straining our ears to hear
  • v  test the limits of
  • v  use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity
    Don't strain your mind too much
  • v  separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
  • v  cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
  • v  become stretched or tense or taut
    "the rope strained when the weight was attached
  • v  remove by passing through a filter
  • v  rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
  • v  alter the shape of (something) by stress
News & Articles

  • Sprain idles Cubs' DeJesus
    The Chicago Cubs have placed outfielder David DeJesus on the 15-day disabled list after he sprained his right shoulder running into the center-field wall Friday night.
    June 16, 2013 - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
  • McAllister plays catch; finger sprain improving
    Zach McAllister has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 3 because of a right middle finger sprain, and the Indians right-hander said the swelling has gone down and that he's feeling better every day.
    June 16, 2013 - Cleveland Indians
  • Youkilis to go back on DL with a lumbar sprain
    The New York Yankees have placed third baseman Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list with a lumbar spine sprain, according to Star-Ledger reporter Andy McCullough.
    June 14, 2013 - Sports Illustrated