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greenstick fracture

[ green-stik ]
/ ˈgrinˌstɪk /
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noun
an incomplete fracture of a long bone, in which one side is broken and the other side is still intact.
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Origin of greenstick fracture

First recorded in 1880–85; green + stick1
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British Dictionary definitions for greenstick fracture

greenstick fracture
/ (ˈɡriːnˌstɪk) /

noun
a fracture in children in which the bone is partly bent and splinters only on the convex side of the bend

Word Origin for greenstick fracture

C20: alluding to the similar way in which a green stick splinters
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Medical definitions for greenstick fracture

greenstick fracture
[ grēnstĭk′ ]

n.
A fracture in which one side of the bone is broken and the other side is bent.
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