Definition of Fracture

1. Noun. Breaking of hard tissue such as bone. "The break seems to have been caused by a fall"

2. Verb. Violate or abuse. "This writer really fractures the language"
Generic synonyms: Abuse, Misuse, Pervert

3. Noun. (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other. "He studied the faulting of the earth's crust"
Exact synonyms: Break, Fault, Faulting, Geological Fault, Shift
Category relationships: Geology
Terms within: Fault Line
Generic synonyms: Cleft, Crack, Crevice, Fissure, Scissure
Specialized synonyms: Denali Fault, San Andreas Fault
Specialized synonyms: Inclined Fault, Strike-slip Fault
Derivative terms: Break

4. Verb. Interrupt, break, or destroy. "Fracture the balance of power"
Generic synonyms: Destroy, Destruct

5. Noun. The act of cracking something.
Exact synonyms: Crack, Cracking
Generic synonyms: Break, Breakage, Breaking
Derivative terms: Crack

6. Verb. Break into pieces. "These glasses fracture easily"; "The pothole fractured a bolt on the axle"
Generic synonyms: Break

7. Verb. Become fractured. "The wooden sticks fracture "; "The tibia fractured from the blow of the iron pipe"
Generic synonyms: Break, Break Off, Discontinue, Stop

8. Verb. Break (a bone). "She broke her clavicle"
Related verbs: Break
Specialized synonyms: Refracture

9. Verb. Fracture a bone of. "Did he fracture his foot? "; "I broke my foot while playing hockey"
Exact synonyms: Break
Generic synonyms: Injure, Wound
Derivative terms: Break

Definition of Fracture

1. n. The act of breaking or snapping asunder; rupture; breach.

2. v. t. To cause a fracture or fractures in; to break; to burst asunder; to crack; to separate the continuous parts of; as, to fracture a bone; to fracture the skull.

Definition of Fracture

1. Noun. the act of breaking, or something that has broken, especially that in bone or cartilage ¹

2. Noun. (geology) a fault or crack in a rock ¹

3. Verb. to break, or cause something to break ¹

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Definition of Fracture

1. to break [v -TURED, -TURING, -TURES] - See also: break

Medical Definition of Fracture

1. A break or rupture in the cortex of bone. The act of breaking a bone. Origin: L. Fractura, from frangere = to break (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fracture

fracture (current term)
fracture bed
fracture by contrecoup
fracture dislocation
fracture fixation
fracture healing

Literary usage of Fracture

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Organizations by James G. March, Herbert Alexander Simon (1878)
"met with in civil life is the partial or " green-stick" fracture, in which some of tin- bony fibres have given way, while the rest have yielded to the force ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"fracture of the neck of the femur within the capsular ligament. almost at right ... This fracture may be reduced in two different methods : either by direct ..."

3. The Structure of Conflict by Paul G. Swingle (1885)
"excess of the expenditure of force in causing fracture of the vertex, the impulse would drive the head down upon the summit of the spinal column, ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1901)
"After describing the diagnosis and treatment of these various types of cases, Codman states in conclusion : (1) That true Colles' fracture formed but 46 per ..."

5. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"In fracture of the neck of the femur internal to the capitular ligament (Fig. ... fracture of the neck uf the femur within the capsular ligament. ..."

6. Field Geology by Frederic Henry Lahee (1917)
"CHAPTER VIII fractureS AND fracture STRUCTURES fractureS IN ROCKS 163. Relations of fractures to Zones of the Lithosphere.— When a mass of rock is not ..."

7. The Lancet (1898)
"Massage in any ordinary case of recent fracture, if properly applied, can be used without producing any movement between the bone ends worth mentioning, ..."

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