compound fracture


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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That’s akin to placing a butterfly bandage on a complete compound fracture but whatever. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Brewers looking to go big with Manny Machado, who is an absolutely perfect fit," 13 July 2018 Firefighters from Granby and East Hartland worked to remove a person who suffered a compound fracture about 6 p.m. Wednesday. David Owens,, "Two Injured At Waterfall At Enders State Forest In Granby," 5 July 2018 Craigs was taken to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital for injuries that included a deep hole in his arm and a compound fracture to his leg. Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man charged with homicide in a fatal head-on crash in Wauwatosa," 6 June 2018 Within seconds, prosecutors said, King began to hit Carnegay with his baton and ultimately caused a compound fracture to Carnegay's leg. Fox News, "Former officer charged for beating man, filing false report," 7 May 2018 The motorcyclist suffered a compound fracture to his femur, according to the report. Gary Warth,, "Motorcyclist injured in Park West crash," 23 Apr. 2018 The result was a compound fracture, which is when the broken bone pierces the skin. Dan Shalin,, "New Trier grad realizes college sports dream after gruesome injury," 4 Apr. 2018 Recalling a compound fracture in his left leg during his senior year of high school, Blossomgame would need two surgeries before the injury healed properly. Jabari Young, San Antonio Express-News, "Blossomgame believes in himself," 12 Feb. 2018 But there is still the matter of recovering from the compound fracture of her right leg suffered in the state championship match. Dave Melton, Post-Tribune, "Morgan Chacon is the Post-Tribune 2017 Girls Volleyball Player of the Year," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of compound fracture

1543, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of compound fracture

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

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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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