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fracture frac·ture (frāk'chər)
The act or process of breaking.
A break, rupture, or crack, especially in bone or cartilage.
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.