ligamentotaxis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ligament +‎ -o- +‎ taxis

Noun[edit]

ligamentotaxis (uncountable)

  1. (surgery) The application of continuous force in order to bring parts of a fracture together and thus promote healing
    • 2015 July 4, Benjamin Bockmann et al., “Mid-term results of a less-invasive locking plate fixation method for proximal humeral fractures: a prospective observational study”, in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders[1], volume 16, DOI:10.1186/s12891-015-0618-y:
      The fracture was reduced by ligamentotaxis (downward traction of the arm) and/or direct manipulation with pushers or rasps through the deltoid split to manipulate important fragments that were not attached to tendons or ligaments.