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 for Complicated fracture
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fracture \Frac"ture\ (?; 135), n. [L. fractura, fr. frangere,
     fractum, to break: cf. F. fracture. See Fraction.]
     1. The act of breaking or snapping asunder; rupture; breach.
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     2. (Surg.) The breaking of a bone.
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     3. (Min.) The texture of a freshly broken surface; as, a
        compact fracture; an even, hackly, or conchoidal fracture.
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     Comminuted fracture (Surg.), a fracture in which the bone
        is broken into several parts.
  
     Complicated fracture (Surg.), a fracture of the bone
        combined with the lesion of some artery, nervous trunk, or
        joint.
  
     Compound fracture (Surg.), a fracture in which there is an
        open wound from the surface down to the fracture.
  
     Simple fracture (Surg.), a fracture in which the bone only
        is ruptured. It does not communicate with the surface by
        an open wound.
  
     Syn: Fracture, Rupture.
  
     Usage: These words denote different kinds of breaking,
            according to the objects to which they are applied.
            Fracture is applied to hard substances; as, the
            fracture of a bone. Rupture is oftener applied to soft
            substances; as, the rupture of a blood vessel. It is
            also used figuratively. "To be an enemy and once to
            have been a friend, does it not embitter the rupture?"
            --South.
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