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

But, despite a recent stress fracture in his back and surgery to repair a bone in his right foot, the Sixers took the risk. Sarah Todd,, "How Sam Hinkie and Bryan Colangelo managed the Sixers' draft 'Process'," 18 June 2018 As part of the program established after missing the first half last season due to a stress fracture in his left leg, McGruder was told to ease into his preparations for next season. Ira Winderman,, "Heat's Rodney McGruder practicing patience, something he doesn't practice a lot," 10 July 2018 Its leading scorer Dean Wade played only eight minutes in the tournament, all of them in the Sweet 16 against Kentucky, and suffered from too much pain to be effective due to a stress fracture. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "NCAA tournament: No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago rolls past Kansas State for trip to Final Four," 24 Mar. 2018 This squad fell to coach Bruce Weber's Kansas State, an unremarkable veteran bunch with a leading scorer (Dean Wade) relegated to only eight minutes due to a foot stress fracture and three others who fouled out. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky basketball's 'rewarding season' ends inexcusably a week too soon | Fletcher Page," 23 Mar. 2018 Second-round pick Shake Melton will miss the upcoming NBA Summer League due to having a stress fracture in his back. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers' Shake Milton to miss summer league with back injury," 1 July 2018 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

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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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