One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Fracture (of a bone) that has already been broken, especially at the site of a previous fracture; an instance of this.
1with object To fracture (a bone) again (accidentally or surgically).
2no object To undergo or suffer a fracture again.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in American Journal of the Medical Sciences. From re- + fracture, after refracture<br>late 18th century. From re- + fracture.
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