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adjective Capable of being bent without breaking; easily bent.


[L. flexus, bent]
1. Adaptability.
2. The quality of bending without breaking; . Synonym: pliability

relative flexibility

Increased mobility or frequency of movement in a joint adjacent to a body part with restricted mobility, such as an injured muscle, bone, capsule, tendon, or ligament. This can be a normal relationship between segments, but it can cause pathology and impairments. Relative flexibility can account for overuse, sprain, or strain of a joint due to stiffness in an adjacent joint. For example, lumbar spine strain due to short hamstrings limits hip motion.

waxy flexibility

A cataleptic state in which limbs retain any position in which they are placed. It is characteristic of catatonic patients. Synonym: flexibilitas cerea
flexible, adjective

Patient discussion about flexible

Q. Can a person be too flexible? I do deep knee bends for the past 3 years. Now a days I get tired soon. Can a person be too flexible?

A. Both a professional aerobic and a normal person can do such deep knee bends. Some evidence exists that an excessive level of flexibility can result in a decreased degree of joint stability. In reality, a trade-off between flexibility and stability appears to exist. This decrease in joint stability is particularly evident when the flexibility increase is the result of lengthening the connective tissue structures that stabilize a particular joint. Deep knee bends, may increase the range of motion (ROM) of the knee joint to the point where the knee becomes more susceptible to chronic or acute instability. As such, an individual's ROM for each joint should be determined by the demands of the individual. It should be noted that an excessive ROM for a given joint could result in decreased stability and a greater potential for injury.

Q. can an Adult be physically more flexible than children? If an adult who is flexible, can he be physically more flexible than children?

A. There are lots of difference in the flexibility of the bones of children and adults. Adults can be physically more flexible than children if they have always been flexible as a result of conditioning, or engaging in sports or exercises.

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Madame de Cintre gave Newman the sense of an elaborate education, of her having passed through mysterious ceremonies and processes of culture in her youth, of her having been fashioned and made flexible to certain exalted social needs.
Not a rich flower upon her head, not a single leaf, but had had its prototype in Drowne's wooden workmanship, although now their fragile grace had become flexible, and was shaken by every footstep that the wearer made.
This get-up suited him but it also changed him extremely by doing away with the effect of flexible slimness he produced in his evening clothes.
Her hands, too, were peculiar--long, flexible, white, with a strange movement as of waving gently to and fro.
Once upon a yellow sandbank I saw a creature like a huge swan, with a clumsy body and a high, flexible neck, shuffling about upon the margin.
Their beautiful heads could be seen between every draught, raised in the air with quick and sudden motion as they sniffed the wind in the direction of our two hunters, with their flexible nostrils.
At the third compartment the vault was so low, the passage so narrow, that the bark would scarcely have passed without touching the side; nevertheless, in moments of despair, wood softens and stone grows flexible beneath the human will.
Lightly swaying on the flexible springs of his carriage and no longer hearing the terrible sounds of the crowd, Rostopchin grew physically calm and, as always happens, as soon as he became physically tranquil his mind devised reasons why he should be mentally tranquil too.
Casaubon's theory of the elements which made the seed of all tradition was not likely to bruise itself unawares against discoveries: it floated among flexible conjectures no more solid than those etymologies which seemed strong because of likeness in sound until it was shown that likeness in sound made them impossible: it was a method of interpretation which was not tested by the necessity of forming anything which had sharper collisions than an elaborate notion of Gog and Magog: it was as free from interruption as a plan for threading the stars together.
Two flags were stiffly undulating from the halyards like squares of flexible sheet-iron.
So tightly were they buckled that they were like slightly flexible plaster casts.
She had a marvelously flexible voice and wonderful power of expression; the audience went wild over her selection.

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