avulsion fracture n.
A fracture occurring when a joint capsule, ligament, tendon, or muscle is pulled from a bone, taking with it a fragment of the bone to which it was attached.
a tearing away. Law. the sudden removal of soil by change in a river’s course or by a flood, from the land of one owner to that of another. a part torn off. Historical Examples avulsion of the tuberosity of the tibia occasionally occurs in youths, from violent contraction of the quadriceps—as in jumping. Manual […]
of, relating to, or characteristic of an uncle: avuncular affection. Contemporary Examples At precisely 11:00, NRA president David Keene plodded slowly to the podium, bespectacled, white haired, and avuncular. The NRA: From Awful to Even Worse Michelle Cottle December 21, 2012 FDR gives an avuncular grin around his famous cigarette holder to Andrew Jackson. The […]
a close social relationship between a maternal uncle and his nephew. noun the custom in some societies of assigning rights and duties to a maternal uncle concerning his sister’s son adjective of, relating to, or governed by this custom
August (William) 1909–71, U.S. novelist, poet, and short-story writer. Historical Examples I am glad to see Derleth in our pages, and this Wooley person certainly did a very nice job with her story. The Fantasy Fan February 1934 Various I was interested in his closing sentence in the second issue, and also in Mr. Derleth’s. […]