stress fracture

noun Pathology.
a hairline crack in a bone, especially of a foot or leg, caused by repeated or prolonged stress and often occurring in runners, dancers, and soldiers (march fracture)
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stress fracture n.
A fatigue fracture of bone caused by repeated application of a heavy load, such as the constant pounding on a surface by runners, gymnasts, and dancers.

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stress fracture  
See under fracture.
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Example sentences
He was arrested nine times, deported once, and suffered bubonic plague and a
  stress fracture.
For foot pain caused by a stress fracture, an extended rest period is often
  necessary.
After diagnosing a stress fracture, he made a more serious discovery.
The doctors say the stress fracture in her right foot has healed, but no one is
  sure how fast she can run.
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