stress fracture


: a usually hairline fracture of a bone that has been subjected to repeated stress

Examples of stress fracture in a Sentence

The gymnast developed a stress fracture in her ankle.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2021 Jung missed half the season with a stress fracture in his left foot. Lawrence Dow, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Apr. 2024 Experts at Yale Medicine say ACL tears, ankle sprains and stress fractures are all more common in female athletes. Randall Williams, Fortune, 31 Aug. 2023 Hampered by a stress fracture in her shin that required a metal rod being inserted into her lower leg, Williams is only averaging 10.7 minutes per game, but makes the most out of her opportunities by changing the pace on defense with an aggressive press. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2024 Wright suffered a stress fracture in his back while making a diving tag in 2011, the first in a series of major injuries that would ultimately bring his career to an early end. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2024 Injuries are nothing new for Jung, who dealt with a stress fracture in spring training of 2021 and was sidelined until June. Staff and Wire Reports, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 17 Feb. 2024 Riley Kelly was in line to be UCI’s Sunday starter as a freshman last season, but a stress fracture in his back ended his season after just three appearances. Dan Arritt, Orange County Register, 15 Feb. 2024 Sandra is in bed with an upset stomach (darn that ice cream!), while Nancy is nursing a stress fracture on her left leg from pickleball., 19 Oct. 2023 The Conard girls basketball team is off to a 7-1 start, as of Sunday, and the Red Wolves played the first six games without Callie Cosgrove, who was out with a stress fracture in her ankle. Lori Riley, Hartford Courant, 8 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stress fracture was in 1943

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“Stress fracture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

stress fracture

: a usually hairline fracture of a bone (as of the foot or lower leg) that has been subjected to repeated stress
occurrence of stress fractures among joggers

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