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Meaning of FRACTURE

Pronunciation:  'frakchur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of cracking something
  2. [n]  (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; "they built it right over a geological fault"
  3. [n]  breaking of hard tissue such as bone; "it was a nasty fracture"; "the break seems to have been caused by a fall"
  4. [v]  fracture a bone of; "I broke my foot while playing hockey"
  5. [v]  break, as of a bone; "She broke her clavicle"
  6. [v]  become fractured; "The tibia fractured from the blow of the iron pipe"
  7. [v]  violate or abuse; "This writer really fractures the language"
  8. [v]  break into pieces; "The pothole fractured a bolt on the axle"
  9. [v]  interrupt, break, or destroy; "fracture the balance of power"

FRACTURE is a 8 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: break, break, break, crack, cracking, fault, geological fault, shift
 See Also: abuse, break, break, break off, breakage, breaking, cleft, closed fracture, comminuted fracture, complete fracture, compound fracture, compression fracture, crack, crevice, Denali Fault, depressed fracture, destroy, destruct, discontinue, displaced fracture, fatigue fracture, fault line, fissure, harm, hurt, impacted fracture, inclined fault, incomplete fracture, injury, misuse, open fracture, pervert, refracture, San Andreas Fault, scissure, simple fracture, stop, stress fracture, strike-slip fault, trauma



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    2. (Surg.) The breaking of a bone.
    3. (Min.) The texture of a freshly broken surface; as, a
       compact fracture; an even, hackly, or conchoidal fracture.
    {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
    {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.
  2. \Frac"ture\ (?; 135), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fractured}
    (#; 135); p. pr. & vb. n.. {Fracturing}.] [Cf. F. fracturer.]
    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.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: A fracture is a break in the bone or cartilage. Fractures are also named by the trauma event that caused the bone breakage.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A fracture is the breakage of a bone.
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