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fracture

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noun frac·ture \ ˈfrak-chər , -shər \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of fracture

1 :the result of fracturing :break
2 a :the act or process of breaking or the state of being broken; especially :the breaking of hard tissue (such as bone)
b :the rupture (as by tearing) of soft tissue
  • kidney fracture
3 :the general appearance of a freshly broken surface of a mineral

Examples of fracture in a Sentence

  1. a fracture in the Earth's crust

  2. She suffered a wrist fracture when she slipped on the ice.

Recent Examples of fracture from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of fracture

Middle English, borrowed from Latin frāctūra "act of breaking, breaking of a bone," from frāctus (past participle of frangere "to break, shatter") + -ūra -ure — more at 1break


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fracture

verb

Definition of fracture

fractured; fracturing play \ˈfrak-chə-riŋ, -shriŋ\
transitive verb
1 a :to cause a fracture in :break
  • fracture a rib
2 a :to damage or destroy as if by rupturing
b :to cause great disorder in
c :to break up :fractionate
d :to go beyond the limits of (something, such as a rule) :violate
  • fractured many of the laws of probability …
  • —Sheldon Cheney
intransitive verb
:to undergo fracture :to crack or break
  • Her wrist fractured in the fall.

Examples of fracture in a Sentence

  1. Her wrist fractured when she fell on the ice.

  2. Their happiness was fractured by an unforeseen tragedy.

  3. These problems may fracture the unity of the two parties.

  4. Their fragile happiness fractured all too soon.

Recent Examples of fracture from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of fracture

derivative of 1fracture


FRACTURE Defined for English Language Learners

fracture

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noun

Definition of fracture for English Language Learners

  • : the result of breaking something : a crack or break; especially : a broken bone


fracture

verb

Definition of fracture for English Language Learners

  • : to cause a crack or break in (something hard, such as a bone)

  • of something hard : to crack or break

  • : to damage or destroy (something) or to be damaged or destroyed in a sudden or violent way


FRACTURE Defined for Kids

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fracture

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noun frac·ture \ ˈfrak-chər \

Definition of fracture for Students

:the result of breaking :damage or an injury caused by breaking
  • a bone fracture

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fracture

verb

Definition of fracture for Students

fractured; fracturing
:1break 2
  • fracture a rib

Word Root of fracture

The Latin word frangere, meaning “to break,” and its form fractus give us the roots frag and fract. Words from the Latin frangere have something to do with breaking. Something fragile is easily broken. A fraction is a portion broken off from a whole. To fracture something, such as a bone, is to break it. A fragment is a part that has been broken off from something larger or that is incomplete.


Medical Dictionary

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fracture

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noun frac·ture \ ˈfrak-chər, -shər \

medical Definition of fracture

1 :the act or process of breaking or the state of being broken; specifically :the breaking of hard tissue and especially bone
2 :the rupture (as by tearing) of soft tissue
  • kidney fracture

Illustration of fracture


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fracture

transitive verb

medical Definition of fracture

fractured; fracturing play \-chə-riŋ, -shriŋ\
1 :to cause a fracture in
  • fracture a rib
2 :to cause a rupture or tear in
  • a blow that fractured a kidney


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