stress fracture


Definition of 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

Having made his return to fitness following a stress fracture in his leg that had prevented him from playing for the best part of the last three months - with two appearances since October - the youngster received a less than amorous reception., "Bayern Munich Defender 'Firmly Convinced' New Recruit Leon Goretzka Will Be a Success," 25 Jan. 2018 His doctor came to the house on May 31 to go over results from an MRI — shredded ligaments in his left knee, a double stress fracture in his lower leg. Doug Ferguson,, "Ten years after a thrilling U.S. Open victory, Tiger Woods hasn't won another major. Can he do it again?," 10 June 2018 Four required emergency evacuations, three by helicopter: one person with stress fractures in both feet, one who had a serious fall, and one who had a severe stomach bug and couldn’t keep any fluids down. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Here's What It Takes to Hike the John Muir Trail," 11 July 2018 This news comes six days after the Sixers announced that second-round pick Shake Melton would miss the summer league with a stress fracture in his back. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers' Landry Shamet to miss rest of NBA Summer League with sprained ankle," 7 July 2018 Image Any ideology operating under the seismic pressures of the actual world will reveal a seam of inconsistency, a line of vulnerability running through it like a stress fracture. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "A Community Cracked Open by Fracking," 13 June 2018 What had originally been diagnosed as tendinitis turned out to be not one but two major issues: multiple stress fractures in his arm and, unbelievably, no UCL in his elbow. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What happened when a Brewers pitching prospect stopped to hear a homeless man's story," 17 Apr. 2018 The workouts helped her keep fit while rehabbing a sprained ankle and stress fracture. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "For Intense Exercise During Recovery, She Just Added Water," 30 June 2018 Earlier in his career, Castle allowed a stress fracture in his back to heal on its own, and the disc between his L4 and L5 vertebrae shifted in such a way that left Castle in pain. Justin Barrasso,, "The Week in Wrestling: Who Is The Best World Champion Right Now?," 27 June 2018

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stress fracture

medical : a crack on the surface of a bone caused by repeated pressure

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Medical Definition of 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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