greenstick fracture



an incomplete fracture of a long bone, in which one side is broken and the other side is still intact.

Origin of greenstick fracture

First recorded in 1880–85; green + stick1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for greenstick fracture

greenstick fracture


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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greenstick fracture in Medicine

greenstick fracture



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