hairline fracture


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hair·line frac·ture

a fracture without separation of the fragments, the line of break being hairlike, as seen sometimes in the skull.
Synonym(s): capillary fracture

hairline fracture

n.
A minor fracture in which the bone fragments remain in alignment, appearing on x-ray film as a fine line.

hairline fracture

Etymology: AS, haer + L, linea + fractura
a minor fracture that appears on x-ray film as a thin line between two segments of a bone. The segments remain in alignment and the fracture may not extend completely through the bone. A fatigue hairline fracture may develop without apparent injury and in the absence of trauma.
A fracture without separation of bone fragments. Hairline fractures are often missed on examination of the films
Frequency The annual incidence of stress fractures—the most common cause of hairline fractures in athletes and military recruits—is said to range from 5% to 30%, depending on the sport and other risk factors
High risk group White, female, older, no regular exercise, no calcium or vitamin D supplements

hairline fracture

Capillary fracture Orthopedics A fracture without separation of bone fragments. See Fracture.

hair·line frac·ture

(hār'līn frak'shŭr)
A fracture without separation of the fragments, the line of break being hairlike, as seen sometimes in the skull.
Synonym(s): capillary fracture.
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