greenstick fracture

(redirected from greenstick fractures)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.
Related to greenstick fractures: torus fracture, buckle fracture

greenstick fracture

a fracture in children in which the bone is partly bent and splinters only on the convex side of the bend
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
A greenstick fracture was present on the medial cortex of the left tarsometatarsus at the junction of the diaphysis and proximal metaphysis (Fig 2).
6 Greenstick fracture If a bone in the arm or leg bends, it may crack on one side only, producing an incomplete break, called a greenstick fracture.
If not corrected, the unstable occlusion can result in progressive posterior mandibular atrophy leading to greenstick fractures. The method of reestablishing a proper occlusal relationship is discussed in this article using a conventional maxillary denture and fixed mandibular implant restoration to correct the occlusal issues.
Torus and greenstick fractures are 2 common types of incomplete childhood fracture.