|Origin:||Latin ruptura, from rumpere 'to break'|
1 [uncountable and countable]
an occasion when something suddenly breaks apart or bursts
the rupture of a blood vessel
a situation in which two countries, groups of people etc suddenly disagree and often end their relationship with each other
The eleventh century saw the formal rupture between East and West.
The rupture with his father was absolute.
a medical condition in which an organ of the body, especially one near the abdomen, sticks out through the wall of muscle that normally surrounds it [= hernia]