- the breaking of a bone, cartilage, or the like, or the resulting condition.Compare comminuted fracture, complete fracture, compound fracture, greenstick fracture, simple fracture.
- the act of breaking; state of being broken.
- a break, breach, or split.
- the characteristic manner of breaking: a material of unpredictable fracture.
- the characteristic appearance of a broken surface, as of a mineral.
- to cause or to suffer a fracture in (a bone, etc.).
- to break or crack.
- Slang. to amuse highly or cause to laugh heartily; delight: The new comic really fractured the audience.
- to become fractured; break: a mineral that does not fracture easily.
Origin of fracture
- the act of breaking or the state of being broken
- a division, split, or breach
- the characteristic appearance of the surface of a freshly broken mineral or rock
- the way in which a mineral or rock naturally breaks
- to break or cause to break; split
- to break or crack (a bone) or (of a bone) to become broken or cracked
- to tear (a cartilage) or (of a cartilage) to become torn
Word Origin and History for refracture
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).
1610s (implied in fractured), from fracture (n.). Related: Fracturing.
- The breaking of a bone that has united after a previous fracture.
- The act or process of breaking.
- A break, rupture, or crack, especially in bone or cartilage.
- To cause to break.
- 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.