vertebral subluxation complex

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vertebral subluxation complex

in chiropractic, malfunction of organs or tissue caused by impairment of nerve function that results from restriction of normal motion or from abnormal position of spinal segments.

ver·te·bral sub·lux·a·tion com·plex

(vĕr'tĕ-brăl sŭb'lŭk-sā'shŭn kom'pleks)
Theoretic model of vertebral motion segment dysfunction (subluxation) that incorporates the complex interaction of pathologic changes in nerves, and muscles, and in ligamentous, vascular, and connective tissues.

vertebral subluxation complex (verˑ·t·brl subˈ·lk·sāˑ·shn kômˑ·pleks),

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