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1. An instance of breaking open or bursting: a rupture in the fuel line.
2. A break in friendly relations.
3. Medicine
a. A hernia, especially of the groin or intestines.
b. A tear in an organ or tissue: rupture of an appendix; ligament rupture.
v. rup·tured, rup·tur·ing, rup·tures
To cause to undergo or suffer a rupture: The accident ruptured his spleen.
To undergo or suffer a rupture: The blister ruptured. Their friendship ruptured.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ruptūra, from ruptus, past participle of rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

rup′tur·a·ble adj.


adj tank, pipegeplatzt; (Med) organ, tendongerissen; blood vesselgeplatzt
References in classic literature ?
In attempting to express his gratification, the Chief of Police thrust out his right hand with such violence that his skin was ruptured at the arm-pit and a stream of sawdust poured from the wound.
If ever I have played dice with the Gods at the divine table of the earth, so that the earth quaked and ruptured, and snorted forth fire-streams:--
I hold it to be the wondrously thin, ruptured membranes of the case, coalescing.
I didn't laugh -- I am always thankful for that -- but the strain ruptured every cartilage in me, and for weeks afterward I could hear my bones clack when I walked.
Some of the smaller veins had doubtless been ruptured.
The proportion of ruptured implants increased with the duration of implantation, peaking at a duration of 15-19 years and then dropping slightly More than half of the implants had ruptured by 10-14 years; implants with a duration of 15-19 years had a 73% rupture rate.
The higher your factor VII, the more massive a clot you'll form to stop the bleeding from a ruptured plaque.
6 aftershock ruptured a different fault beneath the Big Bear ski resort in the San Bernardino Mountains, unleashing a second series of aftershocks.
Results showed that Lp-PLA2 was strongly expressed within the core and surrounding cells of samples demonstrating the most advanced levels of heart disease (vulnerable and ruptured plaque).
A 4-inch-wide steel plate at the bottom of the liner ruptured at the center, causing the plate to crack and release the water.
5 years, there were 35 definite, 45 probable, and 52 possible ruptured aneurysms, for an overall rupture rate of 67%.
This analysis was unique because it was the first to examine the duration of ruptured membranes as a continuous variable over time, she noted at the meeting, sponsored by Foundation for Retrovirology and Human Health.