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fracture

[ frak-cher ]
/ 藞fr忙k t蕛蓹r /
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noun
verb (used with object), frac路tured, frac路tur路ing.
verb (used without object), frac路tured, frac路tur路ing.
to become fractured; break: a mineral that does not fracture easily.
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Origin of fracture

1375鈥1425; late Middle English <Middle French <Latin fr膩ct奴ra a breach, cleft, fracture, equivalent to fr膩ct(us) (past participle of frangere to break) + -奴ra-ure

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British Dictionary definitions for fracture

fracture
/ (藞fr忙kt蕛蓹) /

noun
the act of breaking or the state of being broken
  1. the breaking or cracking of a bone or the tearing of a cartilage
  2. the resulting conditionSee also Colles' fracture, comminuted fracture, compound fracture, greenstick fracture, impacted (def. 2)
a division, split, or breach
mineralogy
  1. the characteristic appearance of the surface of a freshly broken mineral or rock
  2. the way in which a mineral or rock naturally breaks
verb

Derived forms of fracture

fracturable, adjectivefractural, adjective

Word Origin for fracture

C15: from Old French, from Latin fract奴ra, from frangere to break
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Scientific definitions for fracture

fracture
[ fr膬kch蓹r ]

A break or rupture in bone tissue.鈾 A comminuted fracture results in more than two fragments.鈾 Although most fractures are caused by a direct blow or sudden, twisting force, stress fractures result from repetitive physical activity.鈾 In an incomplete fracture, the fracture line does not completely traverse the bone.
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