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Definition of Fracture, basilar

Fracture, basilar: A break in bone at the base of the skull.

About a half of basilar fractures are caused by bicycle or motor vehicle accidents, about a quarter by falls, and a tenth by recreational activities, particularly by diving accidents. The balance are due to other causes. No matter what cause, the risk of death with a basilar fracture is appreciable.

The term "basilar" means located at or near the base of a structure, especially the skull.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=16375
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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