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compound fracture

a fracture in which the broken bone is exposed through a wound in the skin.
Origin of compound fracture
1535-45 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for compound fracture
  • Biofuels are, at best, a bandaid on a compound fracture.
  • He was bleeding from both ears and the nose and had a compound fracture of the skull.
  • Later, he began applying carbolic acid to compound fracture wounds.
  • The co-worker was minimally responsive and showed evidence of a compound fracture of his right thigh.
  • He suffered a severe compound fracture to his leg that punctured his skin in several places and required immediate surgery.
  • She was suffering from a severe compound fracture of the ankle and required hoist capability to get her to medical support.
  • He jumped down but sustained a compound fracture of the leg which prevented his getting away.
British Dictionary definitions for compound fracture

compound fracture

a fracture in which the broken bone either pierces the skin or communicates with an open wound
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compound fracture in Medicine

compound fracture n.
See open fracture.

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