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fracture

FRAC'TURE, n. [L. fractura. See Break.]

1. A breach in any body, especially a breach caused by violence; a rupture of a solid body.

2. In surgery, the rupture or disruption of a bone. A fracture is simple or compound; simple, when the bone only is divided; compound, when the bone is broken, with a laceration of the integuments.

3. In mineralogy, the manner in which a mineral breaks, and by which its texture is displayed; as a compact fracture; a fibrous fracture; foliated, striated or conchoidal fracture, &c.

FRAC'TURE, v.t. To break; to burst asunder; to crack; to separate continuous parts; as, to fracture a bone; to fracture the skull.




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FRAC'TURE, n. [L. fractura. See Break.]

1. A breach in any body, especially a breach caused by violence; a rupture of a solid body.

2. In surgery, the rupture or disruption of a bone. A fracture is simple or compound; simple, when the bone only is divided; compound, when the bone is broken, with a laceration of the integuments.

3. In mineralogy, the manner in which a mineral breaks, and by which its texture is displayed; as a compact fracture; a fibrous fracture; foliated, striated or conchoidal fracture, &c.

FRAC'TURE, v.t. To break; to burst asunder; to crack; to separate continuous parts; as, to fracture a bone; to fracture the skull.


FRAC'TURE, n. [L. fractura. See Break.]

  1. A breach in any body, especially a breach caused by violence; a rupture of a solid body.
  2. In surgery, the rupture or disruption of a bone. A fracture is simple or compound; simple, when the bone only is divided; compound, when the bone is broken, with a laceration of the integuments.
  3. In mineralogy, the manner in which a mineral breaks and by which its texture is displayed; as, a compact fracture; a fibrous fracture; foliated, striated, or conchoidal fracture, &c. Kirwan.

FRAC'TURE, v.t.

To break; to burst asunder; to crack; to separate continuous parts; as, to fracture a bone; to fracture the skull. Wiseman.


Frac"ture
  1. The act of breaking or snapping asunder; rupture; breach.
  2. To cause a fracture or fractures in] to break; to burst asunder; to crack; to separate the continuous parts of; as, to fracture a bone; to fracture the skull.
  3. The breaking of a bone.
  4. The texture of a freshly broken surface; as, a compact fracture; an even, hackly, or conchoidal fracture.

    Comminuted fracture (Surg.), a fracture in which the bone is broken into several parts. -- Complicated fracture (Surg.), a fracture of the bone combined with the lesion of some artery, nervous trunk, or joint. -- Compound fracture (Surg.), a fracture in which there is an open wound from the surface down to the fracture. -- Simple fracture (Surg.), a fracture in which the bone only is ruptured. It does not communicate with the surface by an open wound.

    Syn. -- Fracture, Rupture. These words denote different kinds of breaking, according to the objects to which they are applied. Fracture is applied to hard substances; as, the fracture of a bone. Rupture is oftener applied to soft substances; as, the rupture of a blood vessel. It is also used figuratively. "To be an enemy and once to have been a friend, does it not embitter the rupture?" South.

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Fracture

FRAC'TURE, noun [Latin fractura. See Break.]

1. A breach in any body, especially a breach caused by violence; a rupture of a solid body.

2. In surgery, the rupture or disruption of a bone. A fracture is simple or compound; simple, when the bone only is divided; compound, when the bone is broken, with a laceration of the integuments.

3. In mineralogy, the manner in which a mineral breaks, and by which its texture is displayed; as a compact fracture; a fibrous fracture; foliated, striated or conchoidal fracture etc.

FRAC'TURE, verb transitive To break; to burst asunder; to crack; to separate continuous parts; as, to fracture a bone; to fracture the skull.

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LI'KELY, a. [that is, like-like.]

1. Probable; that may be rationally though or believed to have taken place in time past, or to be true now or hereafter; such as is more reasonable than the contrary. A likely story, is one which evidence, or the circumstances of the case render probable, and therefore credible.

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