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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: rŭp′chŭr


  1. A solution of continuity or a tear; a break of any organ or another of the soft parts.
  2. When used in reference to hollow organs or trauma, term describes the acute explosive disruption of the inner portion of the organ by pressure from within or without, often allowing extravasation of its contents exteriorly.

Synonym(s): hernia

[L. ruptura, a fracture (of limb or vein), fr. rumpo, pp. ruptus, to break]