Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A muscle that when contracted acts to bend a joint or limb in the body.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In anatomy, a muscle whose function is to bend or produce flexion: opposed to extensor. See flection, 5. Also, improperly, flector.
  • noun A short muscle of the palm of the hand, bending the little finger.
  • noun A short muscle of the palm of the hand, bending the thumb. See cut under muscle.
  • noun A deep-seated muscle of the back of the leg, flexing the great toe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) A muscle which bends or flexes any part; ; -- opposed to extensor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun anatomy A muscle whose contraction acts to bend a joint or limb.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a skeletal muscle whose contraction bends a joint

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin, from Latin flexus, past participle of flectere, to bend.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From New Latin flexor, agent noun of flectō ("I bend")

Examples

  • Houston's Daryle Ward says his hip flexor is improved, so if you haven't cut him yet, go ahead and play him.

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  • Strasburg left Saturday's game against the Phillies with what the team has described as a flexor tendon strain in his right forearm.

    Report: Strasburg likely to be shut down

  • Though he slumped during the final month as back and hip-flexor injuries draggged him down, Crawford ended the year with two double-doubles and finished with 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

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  • -- Sloan, who said he's been dealing with a little nagging hip flexor injury for a few weeks, made it through the duration of practice and Boudreau sounded optimistic that he could suit up against the Maple Leafs Wednesday.

    Boudreau: Semyon Varlamov likely to practice Wednesday

  • I first began practicing yoga some 10 years ago on the recommendation of a physician as a way to rehabilitate a hip flexor I injured running in post-war Bosnia.

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  • As for the back end of the staff, Lidge and J.C. Romero, who had elbow surgery in October to repair a torn flexor tendon, could miss the start of the season.

    Recovering Brad Lidge aims to rebound after woeful 2009

  • Though he slumped during the final month as back and hip-flexor injuries draggged him down, Crawford ended the year with two double-doubles and finished with 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

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  • Reliever Joba Chamberlain is headed to the disabled list with a strained flexor tendon in his arm.

    Arm Injury May Cost Chamberlain a Month

  • On top of that, the week before I had sustained a bad hip flexor injury, which required a cortisone shot three inches from my naughty bits that left me without much feeling in my hip while I skated.

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  • Williams said then that she had hurt her "psoas" or hip flexor muscle.

    Injured Venus Williams withdraws from Australian Open

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