Greenstick fracture
A fracture in which one side of a bone is broken while the other is bent (like a green stick). 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 "greenstick fracture of the radius," "spiral fracture of the femur," "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." A "comminuted

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green·stick fracture 'grēn-.stik- n a bone fracture in a young individual in which the bone is partly broken and partly bent

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an incomplete break in a bone in which part of the outer shell (cortex) remains intact. It occurs in children, who have more flexible bones. See also fracture.

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fracture in which one side of a bone is broken, the other being bent (see Plate 16); an infraction; called also hickory-stick or willow f.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • greenstick fracture — [grēn′stik΄] n. a type of bone fracture, esp. of the long bones of children, in which the bone is bent and broken only on the convex side …   English World dictionary

  • Greenstick fracture — Almost exclusively occurs during infancy and childhood.The bending of a bone with incomplete fracture, involving the convex side only. Green stick fractures are characterized by a break in the bone which partially extends across and then along… …   Wikipedia

  • greenstick fracture — /green stik / an incomplete fracture of a long bone, in which one side is broken and the other side is still intact. See illus. under fracture. [1880 85; GREEN + STICK1] * * * …   Universalium

  • greenstick fracture — noun a partial fracture of a bone (usually in children); the bone is bent but broken on only one side • Hypernyms: ↑incomplete fracture …   Useful english dictionary

  • greenstick fracture — noun Date: circa 1885 a bone fracture in a young individual in which the bone is partly broken and partly bent …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • greenstick fracture — noun An incomplete fracture of a long bone in which one side of a bone is broken while the other is bent …   Wiktionary

  • greenstick fracture — (Medicine) bone fracture in which one side of the bone is bent and the other side is broken (most often occurs in children) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • greenstick fracture — noun a fracture of the bone, occurring typically in children, in which one side of the bone is broken and the other only bent …   English new terms dictionary

  • greenstick fracture — an incomplete break in a bone in which part of the outer shell (cortex) remains intact. It occurs in children, who have more flexible bones. See also: fracture …   The new mediacal dictionary

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