[ frak-cher ]
/ ˈfræk tʃər /


verb (used with object), frac·tured, frac·tur·ing.

verb (used without object), frac·tured, frac·tur·ing.

to become fractured; break: a mineral that does not fracture easily.

Nearby words

  1. fractious,
  2. fractiously,
  3. fractocumulus,
  4. fractostratus,
  5. fractur,
  6. fracture by contrecoup,
  7. fracture zone,
  8. fractus,
  9. frae,
  10. fraenulum

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

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British Dictionary definitions for refracture


/ (ˈfræktʃə) /


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)
a division, split, or breach
  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


Derived Formsfracturable, adjectivefractural, adjective

Word Origin for fracture

C15: from Old French, from Latin fractūra, from frangere to break

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Word Origin and History for refracture
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Medicine definitions for refracture


[ rē-frăkchər ]


The breaking of a bone that has united after a previous fracture.


[ frăkchər ]


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


[ frăkchər ]

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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