Definition of Rupture

1. Noun. State of being torn or burst open.

2. Verb. Separate or cause to separate abruptly. "They rupture the sheets"; "Tear the paper"
Exact synonyms: Bust, Snap, Tear
Generic synonyms: Disunite, Divide, Part, Separate
Specialized synonyms: Lacerate, Pull, Rend, Rip, Rive, Rip Up, Shred, Tear Up
Derivative terms: Snap, Tear, Tear
Also: Tear Apart, Tear Down, Tear Up

3. Noun. A personal or social separation (as between opposing factions). "They hoped to avoid a break in relations"
Exact synonyms: Breach, Break, Falling Out, Rift, Severance
Specialized synonyms: Schism
Generic synonyms: Breakup, Detachment, Separation
Derivative terms: Break, Sever

4. Noun. The act of making a sudden noisy break.
Generic synonyms: Break, Breakage, Breaking

Definition of Rupture

1. n. The act of breaking apart, or separating; the state of being broken asunder; as, the rupture of the skin; the rupture of a vessel or fiber; the rupture of a lutestring.

2. v. t. To part by violence; to break; to burst; as, to rupture a blood vessel.

3. v. i. To suffer a breach or disruption.

Definition of Rupture

1. Noun. A burst, split, or break. ¹

2. Noun. A social breach or break, between individuals or groups. ¹

3. Noun. (medicine) A break or tear in soft tissue, such as a muscle. ¹

4. Noun. (engineering) A failure mode in which a tough ductile material pulls apart rather than cracking. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive intransitive) To burst, break through, or split, as under pressure. ¹

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Definition of Rupture

1. to burst [v -TURED, -TURING, -TURES] - See also: burst

Medical Definition of Rupture

1. 1. Forcible tearing or disruption of tissue. 2. A hernia. (17 Dec 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rupture

rupial syphilid
rupicolous plant
rupture (current term)
rupture of membranes
ruptured aneurysm
ruptured appendix
ruptured disk
ruptured intervertebral disc
ruptured spleen
rural area

Literary usage of Rupture

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1919)
"I speak of rupture into the superior vena cava, though actually the rupture was into the left innominate vein, less than 1 cm. from the cava, the opening of ..."

2. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1915)
"No cases of rupture. Death always follows if spleen is not removed. ... He does not mention rupture in any of them. Strehl (13) reports i case of his own ..."

3. Anomalies and curiosities of medicine by George Milbry Gould (1898)
"rupture of the Intestines.—It is quite possible for the intestine to be ruptured by external violence, and cases of rupture of all parts of the bowel have ..."

4. International Law: A Treatise by Lassa Oppenheim (1906)
"War is not a condition of anarchy and indifferent or hostile to law, but a fact recognised and ruled by International Law, although it involves a rupture of ..."

5. The Mechanical Principles of Engineering and Architecture by Henry Moseley, Dennis Hart Mahan (1875)
"By this dependence of the angle of rupture upon the nature of the material, it is proved that the value of the modulus of sliding coherence 7 is not the ..."

6. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1905)
"This is of interest in connection with the spontaneous rupture in cases of ... In India and m Mauritius rupture of the spleen is stated to be very common. ..."

7. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1909)
"This is of interest in connection with the spontaneous rupture in cases of acute enlargement ... rupture of a malarial spleen may follow a blow, or a fall, ..."

8. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1899)
"Extra-Peritoneal Effusion Due to Spontaneous rupture of the I'terns; ... In the following instance, rupture of the uterus occurred unaccompanied by ..."

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