Definition of stress fracture in English:

Share this entry

stress fracture

Pronunciation: /stres ˈfrak(t)SHər/


A fracture of a bone caused by repeated (rather than sudden) mechanical stress.
Example sentences
  • Approximately 60 percent of persons with a stress fracture have had a previous stress fracture.
  • In cases in which MRI scan does not reveal stress fracture, clinicians may consider using bone scintigrams.
  • Most fractures can be clearly diagnosed by X-ray, although some types, such as a fracture of the base of the thumb, or a stress fracture, do not show up reliably.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: stress frac·ture

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.