Comminuted fracture
Fracture Frac"ture (?; 135), n. [L. fractura, fr. frangere, fractum, to break: cf. F. fracture. See {Fraction}.] 1. The act of breaking or snapping asunder; rupture; breach. [1913 Webster]

2. (Surg.) The breaking of a bone. [1913 Webster]

3. (Min.) The texture of a freshly broken surface; as, a compact fracture; an even, hackly, or conchoidal fracture. [1913 Webster]

{Comminuted fracture} (Surg.), a fracture in which the bone is broken into several parts.

{Complicated fracture} (Surg.), a fracture of the bone combined with the lesion of some artery, nervous trunk, or joint.

{Compound fracture} (Surg.), a fracture in which there is an open wound from the surface down to the fracture.

{Simple fracture} (Surg.), a fracture in which the bone only is ruptured. It does not communicate with the surface by an open wound.

Syn: {Fracture}, {Rupture}.

Usage: These words denote different kinds of breaking, according to the objects to which they are applied. Fracture is applied to hard substances; as, the fracture of a bone. Rupture is oftener applied to soft substances; as, the rupture of a blood vessel. It is also used figuratively. ``To be an enemy and once to have been a friend, does it not embitter the rupture?'' --South. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Comminuted fracture — Comminute Com mi*nute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Comminuted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Comminuting}.] [L. comminutus, p. p. of comminuere to comminute; com + minuere to lessen. See {Minute}.] To reduce to minute particles, or to a fine powder; to pulverize;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • comminuted fracture — fracture of a bone in which the parts are splintered or crushed …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • comminuted fracture — a fracture of a bone in which the separated parts are splintered or fragmented. See illus. under fracture. [1825 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • comminuted fracture — a fracture in which the bone is broken into more than two pieces. A crushing force is usually responsible and there is often extensive injury to surrounding soft tissues …   The new mediacal dictionary

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  • Fracture — Frac ture (?; 135), n. [L. fractura, fr. frangere, fractum, to break: cf. F. fracture. See {Fraction}.] 1. The act of breaking or snapping asunder; rupture; breach. [1913 Webster] 2. (Surg.) The breaking of a bone. [1913 Webster] 3. (Min.) The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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