A fracture of the bone only, without damage to the surrounding tissues or breaking of the skin. Compare with compound fracture.
- For example, never dismiss a greenstick fracture as a simple fracture - inspect the x ray for tiny shards of bone.
- A simple fracture is one in which the overlying skin and soft tissue is intact and only the bone is significantly injured.
- Usually, an injury results in a single fracture, and is known as a simple fracture.
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Syllabification: sim·ple frac·ture
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