compound fracture

noun

Definition of compound fracture

: a bone fracture resulting in an open wound through which bone fragments usually protrude : open fracture — compare simple fracture

Examples of compound fracture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Washington quarterback Alex Smith underwent 17 surgeries after suffering a severe compound fracture of his right tibia and fibula during a 2018 game against the Houston Texans. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: 2020 was a grind for us all — but it had its moments. Here’s a look at some of the best and worst, from Anthony Rizzo’s hand sanitizer to a Big Ten fabrication.," 28 Dec. 2020 In November of 2018, Smith suffered a compound fracture of his right leg. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Washington QB — and ex-49er — Alex Smith has become all-too-familiar with rough days," 13 Dec. 2020 Quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending compound fracture and dislocation of his ankle on Oct. 11. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Cowboys owner Jerry Jones criticizes his team's GM ... Jerry Jones," 11 Dec. 2020 Smith sustained the devastating leg injury after being sacked against the Houston Texans in November 2018 and suffered a spiral and compound fracture to his right tibia and fibula. Eric Levenson, CNN, "NFL's Alex Smith returns to play two years after life-threatening leg injury," 11 Oct. 2020 The 31-year-old motorcyclist had a broken right tibia bone and a compound fracture of the right foot, Heims said. Morgan Cook, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Motorcyclist injured in collision with SUV in Encanto," 14 Nov. 2020 Then Prescott suffered a season-ending compound fracture and dislocation of his ankle. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Cowboys seventh-round rookie QB Ben DiNucci ready for 'opportunity of a lifetime' vs. Eagles," 30 Oct. 2020 And despite Dak Prescott suffering a season-ending right ankle compound fracture on Sunday, Dallas still entered Monday as the betting favorites to claim the NFC East crown this season. Joey Hayden, Dallas News, "Despite injury to Dak Prescott, Cowboys still favorites to win NFC East," 12 Oct. 2020 Prescott underwent surgery for a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle sustained on Oct. 11. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Jerry Jones gets chippy in defending Dallas Cowboys: 'Just shut up and let me answer it'," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of compound fracture

1543, in the meaning defined above

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“Compound fracture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compound%20fracture. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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compound fracture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of compound fracture

medical : a broken bone in which a part of the bone sticks out through the skin

compound fracture

noun

Medical Definition of compound fracture

: a bone fracture resulting in an open wound through which bone fragments usually protrude : open fracture — compare simple fracture

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