fracture [frak′chər]
[ME < OFr < L fractura, a breaking, breach, cleft < pp. of frangere, BREAK]
1. a breaking or being broken
2. a break, crack, or split
3. a break in a body part, esp. in a bone, or a tear in a cartilage: see COMPOUND FRACTURE
4. the texture, shape, etc. of the broken surface of a mineral as distinct from when it breaks along its cleavage plane [conchoidal fracture]
vt., vi.
fractured, fracturing
1. to break, crack, or split
2. to break up; disrupt

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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