Meaning of trigger point in English:

trigger point


  • 1A particular circumstance which causes an event.

    ‘the army's refusal to withdraw from the territory was the trigger point for military action’
    • ‘This is up for debate, but one thing seems clear: the language used to describe the event is certainly a trigger point for controversy.’
    • ‘One of the problems with the current hours is that people all tend to leave pubs at the same time and this can be a trigger point for fighting and unruly behaviour.’
    • ‘And this was always the area, I think, where they were going to come, again, because it is such a trigger point, the environment.’
    • ‘The trigger point was an average loss of 10% by the 10 worst-performing shares among these 30.’
    • ‘The new rules will set a trigger point such that when more than 20 new members join a branch in one month it will prompt an investigation.’
    • ‘What is your sense where the trigger point might be for this president?’
    • ‘You have a trigger point where you focus on the ball and it's usually just before it's delivered.’
    • ‘Initial efforts to identify trigger points and sustainable levels of engagement must continue.’
    • ‘To that end, they have published trigger points for more than 100 Scottish exchanges that represent the numbers required to render enablement profitable.’
    • ‘The Reserve Bank, at its discretion, would also resort to additional discretionary actions under each of the trigger points.’
    • ‘Pay attention to what kinds of issues, ideas and jokes are trigger points for disagreement.’
  • 2Physiology Medicine
    A sensitive area of the body, stimulation or irritation of which causes a specific effect in another part, especially a tender area in a muscle which causes generalized musculoskeletal pain when overstimulated.

    ‘If your pain is mostly in one particular spot, such as a joint or a trigger point in a specific muscle, your doctor may suggest injecting medication right into the site of your pain.’
    • ‘Palpation of the trigger point will elicit pain directly over the affected area and/or cause radiation of pain toward a zone of reference and a local twitch response.’
    • ‘Such injections can be used to treat a tender trigger point in a surgical scar (a presumed neuroma).’
    • ‘The physician can demonstrate how gentle palpation of the pain trigger point can reproduce the pain and its radiation over a wide area of the abdomen.’
    • ‘The second was that she worked on trigger points - something so complex that the book on treating those in the arms and upper body is a very large volume.’