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Colles' fracture

noun Col·les' fracture \ ˈkäl-əs- , ˈkäl-ˌēz- \

medical Definition of Colles' fracture

:a fracture of the lower end of the radius with backward displacement of the lower fragment and radial deviation of the hand at the wrist that produces a characteristic deformity — compare smith fracture

Biographical Note for colles' fracture

  • Colles play \ˈkäl-əs\, Abraham (1773–1843), British surgeon. Colles' enduring contributions are his anatomical description of the fascia of the perineum in 1811, his description of a fracture at the distal end of the radius (Colles' fracture) in 1814, and his clinical observations in 1837 on the contagion of syphilis.

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