greenstick fracture


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greenstick fracture

a fracture in children in which the bone is partly bent and splinters only on the convex side of the bend

greenstick fracture

[′grēn‚stik ‚frak·chər]
(medicine)
An incomplete fracture of a long bone, seen in children; the bone is bent but splintered only on the convex side.
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When failure does occur, greenstick fractures, which do not occur in adults, are common.