Compound fracture
A fracture in which the bone is sticking through the skin. Also called an open fracture. 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 "transverse fracture of the humerus," "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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compound fracture n a bone fracture resulting in an open wound through which bone fragments usu. protrude compare SIMPLE FRACTURE

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open f.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Compound fracture — Compound Com pound, a. [OE. compouned, p. p. of compounen. See {Compound}, v. t.] Composed of two or more elements, ingredients, parts; produced by the union of several ingredients, parts, or things; composite; as, a compound word. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Compound 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

  • compound fracture — compound fractures N COUNT A compound fracture is a fracture in which the broken bone sticks through the skin …   English dictionary

  • compound fracture — n. a bone fracture in which broken ends of bone have pierced the skin …   English World dictionary

  • compound fracture — n a broken bone that cuts through someone s skin …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • compound fracture — noun count a broken bone that cuts through the surface of the skin …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • compound fracture — ► NOUN ▪ an injury in which a broken bone pierces the skin …   English terms dictionary

  • compound fracture — noun bone fracture associated with lacerated soft tissue or an open wound • Syn: ↑open fracture • Hypernyms: ↑fracture, ↑break * * * noun, pl ⋯ tures [count] medical : a broken bone in which a part of the bone sticks out through the skin * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • compound fracture — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms compound fracture : singular compound fracture plural compound fractures medical a broken bone that cuts through the surface of the skin …   English dictionary

  • compound fracture — noun Date: 1543 a bone fracture resulting in an open wound through which bone fragments usually protrude …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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