[ frak-cher ]
/ ˈfræk tʃər /
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.
verb (used with object), frac·tured, frac·tur·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), frac·tured, frac·tur·ing.
to become fractured; break: a mineral that does not fracture easily.
Origin of fracture
frac·tur·a·ble, adjectivefrac·tur·al, adjectivefrac·tur·er, nounpost·frac·ture, adjective, noun
re·frac·tur·a·ble, adjectivere·frac·ture, verb, re·frac·tured, re·frac·tur·ing.un·frac·tured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for refracture
/ (ˈfræktʃə) /
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
Derived Formsfracturable, adjectivefractural, adjective
Word Origin for fracture
C15: from Old French, from Latin fractūra, from frangere to break
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Medicine definitions for refracture (1 of 2)
[ rē-frăk′chər ]
The breaking of a bone that has united after a previous fracture.
Medicine definitions for refracture (2 of 2)
[ frăk′chər ]
The act or process of breaking.
A break, rupture, or crack, especially in bone or cartilage.
To cause to break.
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Science definitions for refracture
[ frăk′chər ]
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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