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 for Compound 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
     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?"
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Compound \Com"pound\, a. [OE. compouned, p. p. of compounen. See
     Compound, v. t.]
     Composed of two or more elements, ingredients, parts;
     produced by the union of several ingredients, parts, or
     things; composite; as, a compound word.
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           Compound substances are made up of two or more simple
           substances.                              --I. Watts.
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     Compound addition, subtraction, multiplication,
     division (Arith.), the addition, subtraction, etc., of
        compound numbers.
     Compound crystal (Crystallog.), a twin crystal, or one
        seeming to be made up of two or more crystals combined
        according to regular laws of composition.
     Compound engine (Mech.), a form of steam engine in which
        the steam that has been used in a high-pressure cylinder
        is made to do further service in a larger low-pressure
        cylinder, sometimes in several larger cylinders,
     Compound ether. (Chem.) See under Ether.
     Compound flower (Bot.), a flower head resembling a single
        flower, but really composed of several florets inclosed in
        a common calyxlike involucre, as the sunflower or
     Compound fraction. (Math.) See Fraction.
     Compound fracture. See Fracture.
     Compound householder, a householder who compounds or
        arranges with his landlord that his rates shall be
        included in his rents. [Eng.]
     Compound interest. See Interest.
     Compound larceny. (Law) See Larceny.
     Compound leaf (Bot.), a leaf having two or more separate
        blades or leaflets on a common leafstalk.
     Compound microscope. See Microscope.
     Compound motion. See Motion.
     Compound number (Math.), one constructed according to a
        varying scale of denomination; as, 3 cwt., 1 qr., 5 lb.;
        -- called also denominate number.
     Compound pier (Arch.), a clustered column.
     Compound quantity (Alg.), a quantity composed of two or
        more simple quantities or terms, connected by the sign +
        (plus) or - (minus). Thus, a + b - c, and bb - b, are
        compound quantities.
     Compound radical. (Chem.) See Radical.
     Compound ratio (Math.), the product of two or more ratios;
        thus ab:cd is a ratio compounded of the simple ratios a:c
        and b:d.
     Compound rest (Mech.), the tool carriage of an engine
     Compound screw (Mech.), a screw having on the same axis two
        or more screws with different pitch (a differential
        screw), or running in different directions (a right and
        left screw).
     Compound time (Mus.), that in which two or more simple
        measures are combined in one; as, 6-8 time is the joining
        of two measures of 3-8 time.
     Compound word, a word composed of two or more words;
        specifically, two or more words joined together by a
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  compound fracture
      n 1: bone fracture associated with lacerated soft tissue or an
           open wound [syn: compound fracture, open fracture]

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