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  1. the breaking of a bone, cartilage, or the like, or the resulting condition.Compare comminuted fracture, complete fracture, compound fracture, greenstick fracture, simple fracture.
  2. the act of breaking; state of being broken.
  3. a break, breach, or split.
  4. the characteristic manner of breaking: a material of unpredictable fracture.
  5. the characteristic appearance of a broken surface, as of a mineral.
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verb (used with object), frac·tured, frac·tur·ing.
  1. to cause or to suffer a fracture in (a bone, etc.).
  2. to break or crack.
  3. Slang. to amuse highly or cause to laugh heartily; delight: The new comic really fractured the audience.
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verb (used without object), frac·tured, frac·tur·ing.
  1. to become fractured; break: a mineral that does not fracture easily.
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Origin of fracture

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin frāctūra a breach, cleft, fracture, equivalent to frāct(us) (past participle of frangere to break) + -ūra -ure
Related formsfrac·tur·a·ble, adjectivefrac·tur·al, adjectivefrac·tur·er, nounpost·frac·ture, adjective, nounre·frac·tur·a·ble, adjectivere·frac·ture, verb, re·frac·tured, re·frac·tur·ing.un·frac·tured, adjective


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  • And, in fact, the pole had been fractured and was leaning alarmingly.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • "The lad's neck is broken, and his spine's fractured," he said in a low voice.

    The Borough Treasurer

    Joseph Smith Fletcher

  • Kicking about the ground, he disturbed the fractured glass of the lantern.

    Freaks of Fortune

    Oliver Optic

  • "Dollar and a half," growled Tim, glancing at the fractured gunwale.

    The Boat Club

    Oliver Optic

  • They are then fractured by a heavy blow struck with a mallet.

    An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet

    A. Henry Savage Landor

British Dictionary definitions for fractured


  1. 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)
  2. a division, split, or breach
  3. 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
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  1. to break or cause to break; split
  2. to break or crack (a bone) or (of a bone) to become broken or cracked
  3. to tear (a cartilage) or (of a cartilage) to become torn
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Derived Formsfracturable, adjectivefractural, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Old French, from Latin fractūra, from frangere to break
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Word Origin and History for fractured



early 15c., "a breaking of a bone," from Middle French fracture (14c.), from Latin fractura "a breach, break, cleft," from fractus, past participle of frangere "to break" (see fraction).

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1610s (implied in fractured), from fracture (n.). Related: Fracturing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

fractured in Medicine


  1. The act or process of breaking.
  2. A break, rupture, or crack, especially in bone or cartilage.
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  1. To cause to break.
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fractured in Science


  1. 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.
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