a fracture of the radius just above the wrist, with backward and outward displacement of the hand
Word Origin for Colles' fracture
C19: named after Abraham Colles (died 1843), Irish surgeon
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A bone fracture of the radius of the wrist in which the lower fragment becomes displaced dorsally.
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