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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: fractura, from fractus; FRACTION

fracture

2 noun
     
fracture2 [countable]
MI a crack or broken part in a bone or other hard substance:
a stress fracture in his left knee
a hairline fracture (=very thin crack)
a fractured shoulder
compound fracture, simple fracture
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