A fracture of the radius in the wrist, with a characteristic backward displacement of the hand.
More 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.
Definition of Colles fracture in:
- The US English dictionary