Etymology: AS, wecg, peg; L, fractura, break
a fracture of the vertebral body with anterior compression.
wedge fractureA sharply angled post-traumatic spinal fracture, most common in the thoracic vertebrae in a background of osteoporosis, and often accompanied by anterior wedging. Cf Teardrop fracture.
wedge frac·ture(wej frak'shŭr)
Compression fracture of the anterior part of a vertebral body, resulting in a wedge shape that is narrower anteriorly.