Colles' fracture

noun
Col·​les' fracture | \ ˈkäl-əs- How to pronounce Colles' fracture (audio) , ˈkäl-ˌēz- How to pronounce Colles' fracture (audio) \

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

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“Colles' fracture.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Colles%27%20fracture. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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