Variant of fracture
- a breaking or being broken
- a break, crack, or split
- a break in a body part, esp. in a bone, or a tear in a cartilage
- the texture, shape, etc. of the broken surface of a mineral as distinct from when it breaks along its cleavage plane: conchoidal fracture
Origin: ME < OFr < L fractura, a breaking, breach, cleft < pp. of frangere, break
- fractural adjective
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