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Definition of Open fracture

Open fracture: A fracture in which the bone is sticking through the skin. Also called a compound fracture.

Bone Fractures Illustration - Open fracture

Note that "comminuted fracture" in which the bone is fragmented is distinguished from a "compound fracture."

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=8085
Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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