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crutch

(krŭtch),
A device used singly or in pairs to assist in walking when the act is impaired by a lower extremity (or trunk) disability; it transfers all or part of weight-bearing to the upper extremity.
[A. S. cryce]

crutch

(krŭch)
n.
1. A support used by an injured or disabled person, often in pairs, as an aid to walking, having a vertical shaft that is sometimes forked, a horizontal grip for the hand, and a crosspiece that is positioned under the armpit or a cuff that wraps around the forearm.
2. Something on which one depends, often excessively: a mnemonic crutch.
3. A forked support or part.
4. A forked leg rest on a sidesaddle.
5. Archaic The crotch of a person or animal.
v. crutched, crutching, crutches
v.intr.
To move using a crutch or crutches.
v.tr.
To support on a crutch or crutches.

crutch

(krŭch)
An assistive device used singly or in pairs to assist in walking when the act is impaired by a lower extremity (or trunk) disability. It transfers all or part of weight bearing to the upper extremity.
[A. S. cryce]

crutch

A portable support, usually in the form of a tubular light metal rod with hand grips and plastic loops for the forearms. Crutches are adjustable for height and allow mobility if one leg is severely weakened or the joints of both legs unable to bend.
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