fracture of radius


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fracture of radius

Etymology: L, frangere + ray
a break in the radius, usually with backward and radial displacement of the wrist and hand. The fracture commonly occurs when a falling person extends the arm and hand in an effort to cushion the impact. See also Colles' fracture.

fracture of radius

A break in the radius. A common fracture of the lower end of the radius is a Colles' fracture, caused by falling on the outstretched hand. Fractures also occur along the shaft or at the upper end frequently involving the radial head.
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See also: radius
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