stress fracture


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

Example Sentences

The gymnast developed a stress fracture in her ankle.
Recent Examples on the Web Once there, Wieber sustained a tough stress fracture on her tibia. April Wallace, Arkansas Online, 9 Oct. 2022 Fellow top minor league arm DL Hall is working out of Baltimore’s bullpen to manage his innings coming off a 2021 campaign in which he was limited by a stress fracture in his pitching elbow. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 26 Sep. 2022 Rollins was held out of summer league because of a stress fracture in his right foot. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Sep. 2022 Prakash battled a stress fracture in his shin during the indoor season and minor flare-ups during the summer, but is now healthy., 2 Sep. 2022 Third-round receiver David Bell was activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list on Day 9 of Browns training camp with his foot injury, believed to be a stress fracture, and will take the field for the afternoon practice. cleveland, 6 Aug. 2022 But that was before Jung suffered a stress fracture in his foot in spring training. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 3 Oct. 2021 On one end is the medial tibial stress syndrome—or what is most commonly referred to as shin splints — and on the other end is a stress fracture. Kelly O'mara, Outside Online, 9 Apr. 2014 But the diagnosis, a stress fracture in his left elbow, meant Little wasn’t able to resume throwing until January. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 30 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stress fracture was in 1952

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“Stress fracture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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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