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Nondisplaced

ends retain normal alignment

displaced

ends out of normal alignment

complete

broke all the way through

incomplete

not broken all the way through

linear

parallel to long axis of the bone

transverse

perpendicular to long axis of the bone

compound

bone ends penetrate the skin

simple

bone ends do not penetrate the skin

comminuted

fragments into 3+ pieces

compression

bone is crushed

spiral

ragged break

epipheseal

separation of epiphysis from diaphysis

depressed

part of bone pressed in skull fractures

Greenstick

incomplete break

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