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fracture
used in Change of Heart by Picoult

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Definition
a crack (or break) of a hard object — such as bone or rock; or the act of cracking or breaking
  • If the noose is positioned right—there's something about a brass eyelet—the fall causes an instant fracture of the C2 vertebra.
  • "From what I imagine," Christian said, "the inmate would be hanged in such a way that the spine would be fractured at C2/C3, which would arrest all spontaneous respiration."
  • The force of the drop, combined with the position of the knot, is what's meant to fracture the cervical vertebrae and separate the spinal cord.

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