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Definition of fracture noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a break in a bone or other hard material a fracture of the leg/skull a compound/simple fracture (= one in which the broken bone comes/does not come through the skin) Cracks and fractures are appearing in the ancient wall. Topic CollocationsInjuriesbeing injured have a fall/an injury receive/suffer/sustain a serious injury/a hairline fracture/a gunshot wound/a concussion/whiplash injuries hurt/injure your ankle/back/leg damage the brain/an ankle ligament/your liver/the optic nerve/the skin pull/strain/tear a hamstring/ligament/muscle/tendon sprain/twist your ankle/wrist break a bone/your collarbone/your leg/three ribs fracture/crack your skull break/chip/knock out/lose a tooth burst/perforate your eardrum dislocate your finger/hip/jaw/shoulder/elbow bruise/cut/graze your arm/knee/shoulder burn/scald yourself/your tongue bang/bump/hit your elbow/head/knee (on/against something)treating injuries treat somebody for burns/a head injury/a stab wound examine/clean/dress/bandage/treat a bullet wound repair a damaged/torn ligament/tendon/cartilage amputate/cut off an arm/a finger/a foot/a leg/a limb put on (formal) apply/take off a Band-Aid™/a sterile dressing/a bandage need/require/put in/get/take out stitches put on/rub on (formal) apply cream/ointment/lotion have/receive/undergo physical therapy see also greenstick fracture
  2. 2[uncountable] the fact of something breaking, especially a bone Elderly people's bones are more prone to fracture. Research has shown that hormone replacement therapy can reduce the risk of fracture by 50 to 60 percent.
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