a fracture near a joint, but outside of the line of attachment of the joint capsule.
Etymology: L, extra + capsula, little box
any fracture that occurs near a joint but does not directly involve the joint capsule. This type of fracture is extremely common in the hip.
extracapsular fractureA bone fracture that does not extend into a joint, which is most commonly seen in the humerus or femur.
ex·tra·cap·su·lar frac·ture(ekstră-kapsū-lăr frakshŭr)
Breakage near a joint, but outside the line of attachment of the joint capsule.