|1.||the act of breaking or the state of being broken|
|2.||a. the breaking or cracking of a bone or the tearing of a cartilage|
|b. Colles' fracture comminuted fracture compound fracture greenstick fracture See also impacted the resulting condition|
|3.||a division, split, or breach|
|a. the characteristic appearance of the surface of a freshly broken mineral or rock|
|b. the way in which a mineral or rock naturally breaks|
|5.||to break or cause to break; split|
|6.||to break or crack (a bone) or (of a bone) to become broken or cracked|
|7.||to tear (a cartilage) or (of a cartilage) to become torn|
|[C15: from Old French, from Latin fractūra, from frangere to break]|
fracture frac·ture (frāk'chər)
The act or process of breaking.
A break, rupture, or crack, especially in bone or cartilage.
|fracture (frāk'chər) Pronunciation Key
A break or rupture in bone tissue. ◇ A comminuted fracture results in more than two fragments. ◇ Although most fractures are caused by a direct blow or sudden, twisting force, stress fractures result from repetitive physical activity. ◇ In an incomplete fracture, the fracture line does not completely traverse the bone.