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callus

Pronunciation: kal′ŭs

Definition: A composite mass of tissue that forms at a fracture site to establish continuity between the bone ends; it is composed initially of uncallused fibrous tissue and cartilage, and ultimately of bone.

Synonym(s): callosity

Synonym(s): fracture callus

[L. hard skin]

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