Comminuted fracture
A fracture in which bone is broken, splintered or crushed into a number of pieces. A fracture is a break in the bone or cartilage. It usually is a result of trauma but can be due to an acquired disease of bone such as osteoporosis or abnormal formation of bone in a congenital disease of bone such as osteogenesis imperfecta ("brittle bone disease"). Fractures are classified by their character and location. Examples of classification include "spiral fracture of the femur," "greenstick fracture of the radius," "impacted fracture of the humerus," "linear fracture of the ulna," "oblique fracture of the metatarsal," "compression fracture of the vertebrae," and "depressed fracture of the skull."

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a fracture in which the bone is broken into more than two pieces. A crushing force is usually responsible and there is often extensive injury to surrounding soft tissues.

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a fracture in which the bone is splintered or crushed. See Plate 16.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Comminuted fracture — Fracture Frac ture (?; 135), n. [L. fractura, fr. frangere, fractum, to break: cf. F. fracture. See {Fraction}.] 1. The act of breaking or snapping asunder; rupture; breach. [1913 Webster] 2. (Surg.) The breaking of a bone. [1913 Webster] 3. (Min …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • comminuted fracture — noun fracture in which the bone is splintered or crushed • Hypernyms: ↑fracture, ↑break * * * noun : a fracture in which the bone is splintered or crushed into numerous pieces * * * a fracture of a bone in which the separated parts are splintered …   Useful english dictionary

  • Comminuted fracture — Comminute Com mi*nute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Comminuted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Comminuting}.] [L. comminutus, p. p. of comminuere to comminute; com + minuere to lessen. See {Minute}.] To reduce to minute particles, or to a fine powder; to pulverize;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • comminuted fracture — fracture of a bone in which the parts are splintered or crushed …   English contemporary dictionary

  • comminuted fracture — a fracture of a bone in which the separated parts are splintered or fragmented. See illus. under fracture. [1825 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • comminuted fracture — a fracture in which the bone is broken into more than two pieces. A crushing force is usually responsible and there is often extensive injury to surrounding soft tissues …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • Перелом Оскольчатый (Comminuted Fracture) — перелом, при котором образуется более двух отломков. Обычно это происходит под воздействием раздавливающей силы, приводя и к сильному повреждению окружающих мягких ткзнсй Источник: Медицинский словарь …   Медицинские термины

  • Fracture — Frac ture (?; 135), n. [L. fractura, fr. frangere, fractum, to break: cf. F. fracture. See {Fraction}.] 1. The act of breaking or snapping asunder; rupture; breach. [1913 Webster] 2. (Surg.) The breaking of a bone. [1913 Webster] 3. (Min.) The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fracture — 1. To break. 2. A break, especially the breaking of a bone or cartilage. [L. fractura, a break] apophysial f. separation of apophysis from bone. articular f. a f. involving the joint …   Medical dictionary

  • fracture — fracturable, adj. fractural, adj. fracturer, n. /frak cheuhr/, n., v., fractured, fracturing. n. 1. the breaking of a bone, cartilage, or the like, or the resulting condition. Cf. comminuted fracture, complete fracture, compound fracture,… …   Universalium

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