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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin ruptura, from rumpere 'to break'

rupture

1 noun
     
Related topics: Illness and Disability
rup‧ture1
1 [uncountable and countable] an occasion when something suddenly breaks apart or bursts
rupture of
the rupture of a blood vessel
2 [countable] a situation in which two countries, groups of people etc suddenly disagree and often end their relationship with each other
rupture between
The eleventh century saw the formal rupture between East and West.
rupture with
The rupture with his father was absolute.
3 [countable]MI 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]

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