A surgical procedure that stabilizes and joins the ends of fractured (broken) bones by mechanical devices such as metal plates, pins, rods, wires or screws. Osteosynthesis refers particularly to internal fixation of a fracture by such means, as opposed to external fixation of a fracture by a splint or cast.
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Internal fixation of a fracture by means of a mechanical device, such as a pin, screw, or plate.

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os·teo·syn·the·sis -'sin(t)-thə-səs n, pl -the·ses -.sēz the operation of uniting the ends of a fractured bone by mechanical means (as a wire or metal plate)

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os·teo·syn·the·sis (os″te-o-sinґthə-sis) [osteo- + synthesis] surgical fastening of the ends of a fractured bone by sutures, rings, plates, or other mechanical means.

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