boxer's fracture


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box·er's frac·ture

fracture of the neck of a metacarpal bone, typically of the fifth metacarpal.

boxer's fracture

Etymology: Dan, bask, a blow; L, fractura, break
a break in one or more metacarpal bones, usually the fourth or the fifth, caused by punching a hard object. Such a fracture is often distal, angulated, and impacted.

boxer's fracture

Sports medicine A fracture of the 5th metacarpal neck after a direct blow on the 5th metacarpal head with the fist clenched, causing dorsal angulation of the fracture line and volar displacement of the head

box·er's frac·ture

(boks'ĕrz frak'shŭr)
Fracture of the neck of a metacarpal bone (most often the fifth) with volar displacement of the head of the bone.
Synonym(s): fracture of fifth metacarpal.

boxer's fracture

a colloquial term used in sports medicine to describe a fracture of the neck of the fifth metacarpal bone due to a compressive force that causes the head of the metacarpal to bend over towards the palm, leading to a flexion deformity.