Definition of “compound fracture” - English Dictionary


“compound fracture” in English

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compound fracturenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌkɒm.paʊnd ˈfræk.tʃər/ us /ˌkɑːm.paʊnd ˈfræk.tʃɚ/

Examples from literature

  • A young labourer had fallen off a scaffolding, and a compound fracture of the right arm had been the result. 
  • He had sustained a compound fracture of his leg, besides numerous bruises and contusions. 
  • The left scapula is fractured, likewise the clavicle, and there is a compound fracture of the femur. 
  • When, besides the break, there is an opening through the soft parts and surface of the body, we have a compound fracture. 
  • With the metacarpus, however, there are instances where compound fracture occurs in colts that justify treatment. 

(Definition of “compound fracture” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)