a fracture in which the broken bone is exposed through a wound in the skin.
Origin of compound fracture
First recorded in 1535–45
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British Dictionary definitions for compound fracture
a fracture in which the broken bone either pierces the skin or communicates with an open wound
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Medicine definitions for compound fracture
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