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flex·ion-tear·drop frac·ture(flek'shŭn-tēr'drop frak'shŭr)
Breaking of the spinal cord due to massive flexure in the structure.
An unstable fracture of the cervical spine in which a small fragment of the anteroinferior corner of a vertebral body avulses from the rest of the vertebra due to massive flexion applied to the cervical spine. Patients with this fracture have sustained injuries to all the spinal ligaments and usually severe spinal cord injury and quadriplegia.
See also: fracture