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Definition of «Compression fracture»

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Compression fracture: A fracture caused by compression, the act of pressing together. Compression fractures of the vertebrae are especially common with osteoporosis.

Note that a "compression fracture" is distinct from a "comminuted fracture" in which the bone is fragmented and from a "compound fracture" in which the bone sticks openly through the skin.

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