Fracture, comminuted
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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  • 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 — n. breakage of a bone, either complete or incomplete. A simple fracture involves a clean break with little damage to surrounding tissues and no break in the overlying skin. If the overlying skin is perforated and there is a wound extending to the …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 — Broken into several pieces; denoting especially a fractured bone. [L. com minuo, pp. minutus, to make smaller, break into pieces, fr. minor, less] * * * com·mi·nut·ed adj being a fracture in which the bone is splintered or crushed into numerous… …   Medical dictionary

  • Comminuted — 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

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