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compartment syndrome

noun com·part·ment syndrome \ kəm-ˈpärt-mənt- \

medical Definition of compartment syndrome

: a painful condition resulting from the expansion or overgrowth of enclosed tissue (as of a leg muscle) within its anatomical enclosure (as a muscular sheath) producing pressure that interferes with circulation and adversely affects the function and health of the tissue itself called also compartmental syndrome

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