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irruption

[ih-ruhp-shuh n] /ɪˈrʌp ʃən/
noun
1.
a breaking or bursting in; a violent incursion or invasion.
2.
Ecology. a sudden increase in an animal population.
Origin of irruption
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin irruptiōn- (stem of irruptiō), equivalent to irrupt(us), past participle of irrumpere to burst into (see ir-1, rupture) + -iōn- -ion
Can be confused
eruption, irruption.
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Word Origin and History for irruption
n.

1570s, from Middle French irruption or directly from Latin irruptionem (nominative irruptio) "a breaking in, bursting in, invasion," noun of action from past participle stem of irrumpere, from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + rumpere (see rupture (n.)). Frequently confused with eruption.

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irruption in Medicine

irruption ir·rup·tion (ĭ-rŭp'shən)
n.
The act or process of breaking through to a surface.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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