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 Last August, the safety suffered a stress fracture in his right foot in a joint practice with the New Orleans Saints and missed the first 11 games of the season. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers expect Derwin James to be ready for 2021 following knee surgery," 2 Sep. 2020 James – a first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection in his rookie season of 2018 – also missed significant playing time last season with a stress fracture in his right foot. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James to miss 2020 season after knee injury, per reports," 1 Sep. 2020 Bamba missed much of last season with a stress fracture in his leg and this season missed the playoffs and left the Disney bubble after some conditioning issues in the wake of contracting COVID-19 in June. Mike Bianchi,, "With Jonathan Isaac out all of next season, Magic future is cloudy | Commentary," 31 Aug. 2020 James missed 11 games with a stress fracture in his right foot in 2019, after posting an All-Pro season during his rookie year in 2018. oregonlive, "Los Angeles Chargers’ 53-man roster projection for the 2020 season," 21 Aug. 2020 Last year, Hurd only participated in two preseason games before he was sidelined with a stress fracture in his lower back. Eric Branch,, "Report: 49ers’ Jalen Hurd believed to have major knee injury," 17 Aug. 2020 Hurd, a 2019 third-round pick, missed last season with a stress fracture in his lower back that sidelined him in training camp. Eric Branch,, "49ers offensive lineman Spencer Long retires; Jalen Hurd goes down," 16 Aug. 2020 Gray is making his first big-league start since Aug. 16 after suffering a stress fracture in his left foot that required surgery. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Trevor Story ignoring negative predictions about Rockies in 2020," 24 July 2020 Wainwright was sidelined for 12 weeks last summer because of a stress fracture in his tibia, but Reds scouts were familiar with him when he was picked for the same East Coast Pro team as Hendrick. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds sign 1st-round draft pick Austin Hendrick with $4 million bonus," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of stress fracture

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Stress fracture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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