fracture zone

noun

Definition of fracture zone

: an area of suboceanic crust characterized by fractures

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Transform: Where plates slide past each other horizontally; also called fracture zones because the stress typically causes splintering into numerous faults, or fractures. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Plate Tectonics: The Slow Dance of Our Planet's Crust," 12 June 2019 Duarte teamed up with geologist Nicolas Riel, of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany, to craft a numerical model that included both the serpentinized layer and fracture zones nearby. National Geographic, "A tectonic plate may have peeled apart—and that could shrink the Atlantic Ocean," 6 May 2019 Transform: Where plates slide past each other horizontally; also called fracture zones because the stress typically causes splintering into numerous faults, or fractures. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Plate Tectonics: The Slow Dance of Our Planet's Crust," 12 June 2019 Duarte teamed up with geologist Nicolas Riel, of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany, to craft a numerical model that included both the serpentinized layer and fracture zones nearby. National Geographic, "A tectonic plate may have peeled apart—and that could shrink the Atlantic Ocean," 6 May 2019

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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fracture zone

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Medical Definition of fracture zone

: the area of bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels affected by or surrounding a bone fracture This cytokine cascade recruits the cells of repair such as fibroblasts, endothelial cells, and osteoblasts, into the fracture zone to form the soft callus.— Eric T. Becken et al., Head, Face, and Neck Trauma: Comprehensive Managment, 2005

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