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Colles fracture Syllabification: Colles frac·ture
Pronunciation: /ˈkäliz ˌfrakCHər/

Definition of Colles fracture in English:


A fracture of the lower end of the radius in the wrist with a characteristic backward displacement of the hand.
Example sentences
  • In adults, the most common radial fracture is the Colles' fracture, which is extra-articular and occurs 2.5 to 3 cm proximal to the articular surface of the distal radius.
  • A few minutes later the doctor was back, saying, ‘Surprisingly enough there was a small crack in the wrist bone, called a Colles' fracture, but not to worry.


Late 19th century: named after Abraham Colles (1773–1843), Irish surgeon.

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