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break

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verb \ˈbrāk\

Medical Definition of break

broke \ˈbrōk\play bro·ken \ˈbrō-kən\play break·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. 1a:  to snap into pieces :  fracture <break a bone>b:  to fracture the bone of (a bodily part) <the blow broke her arm>c:  to dislocate or dislocate and fracture a bone of (the neck or back)

  3. 2a:  to cause an open wound in :  rupture <break the skin>b:  to rupture the surface of and permit flowing out or effusing <break an artery> <he broke several veins during his seizure>

  4. intransitive verb

  5. 1:  to fail in health or strength—often used with down <he broke down under the strain>

  6. 2:  to suffer complete or marked loss of resistance, composure, resolution, morale, or command of a situation—often used with down <the prisoner broke down under interrogation and told the whole story>




2

break

noun

Medical Definition of break

  1. 1a:  an act or action of breaking :  fractureb:  the act of opening a gap in an electrical circuit

  2. 2a:  a condition produced by breaking <the break in her leg>b:  a gap in an otherwise continuous electric circuit

  3. 3:  the occurrence of a disease in a person or especially in a domestic animal supposed to be immune to or to have been completely isolated from exposure to that disease





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