transitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
- to put out of place; specif., to displace (a bone) from its proper position at a joint
- to upset the order of; disarrange; disrupt
Origin of dislocatefrom Medieval Latin dislocatus, past participle of dislocare: see dis- and locate
transitive verbdis·lo·cat·ed, dis·lo·cat·ing, dis·lo·cates
- To put out of usual or proper place, position, or relationship.
- To displace (a body part), especially to displace a bone from its normal position.
- To throw into confusion or disorder; disrupt: a continuing drought that dislocated the state's economy.
Origin of dislocateMedieval Latin dislocāre dislocāt- dis- dis- Latin locāre to place ( from locus place )