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[ruhp-cher] /ˈrʌp tʃər/
the act of breaking or bursting:
The flood led to the rupture of the dam.
the state of being broken or burst:
a rupture in the earth's surface.
a breach of harmonious, friendly, or peaceful relations.
Pathology. hernia, especially abdominal hernia.
verb (used with object), ruptured, rupturing.
to break or burst:
He ruptured a blood vessel.
to cause a breach of:
to rupture friendly relations.
Pathology. to affect with hernia.
verb (used without object), ruptured, rupturing.
to suffer a break or rupture.
1475-85; < Latin ruptūra (noun), equivalent to rupt(us) (past participle of rumpere to break) + -ūra -ure
Related forms
rupturable, adjective
nonrupturable, adjective
nonrupture, noun
unrupturable, adjective
unruptured, adjective
Can be confused
rapture, rupture.
2. fracture, break, split, burst. 5. fracture, split, disrupt.
2. seam, union. 5. unite. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ruptured
  • Water poured through a ruptured pipe and into the house wall.
  • If allowed to stand, unless the skin is ruptured for escape of steam, they become soggy.
  • Beatings left him with a ruptured eardrum and bruised buttocks that required surgery, he says.
  • It also includes drawings of the ruptured well and the technology being used to capture some of the leak.
  • Even if the reactor shielding were ruptured, the alloy should keep seawater out of the rods for centuries.
  • Scientists believe the struggling prey ruptured an organ of its captor as it was swallowed, killing the larger fish.
  • While it's rare that anyone gets killed, ruptured spleens from accidental crashes are a serious concern.
  • He has survived diphtheria, a gangrenous foot, and an appendix that ruptured while he was hunting.
  • The vet informed me he had a ruptured ear drum, and possible nerve damage in his shoulder with the likely hood of amputation.
  • In fact, scientists did not even know there was a geologic fault there until it ruptured last year.
British Dictionary definitions for ruptured


the act of breaking or bursting or the state of being broken or burst
a breach of peaceful or friendly relations
  1. the breaking or tearing of a bodily structure or part
  2. another word for hernia
to break or burst or cause to break or burst
to affect or be affected with a rupture or hernia
to undergo or cause to undergo a breach in relations or friendship
Derived Forms
rupturable, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ruptūra a breaking, from rumpere to burst forth; see erupt
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Word Origin and History for ruptured



late 14c., originally medical, from Latin ruptura "the breaking (of an arm or leg), fracture," from past participle stem of rumpere "to break," from PIE *reup- "to snatch" (see rip (v.)). Specifically as "abdominal hernia" from early 15c.


1739, from rupture (n.). Related: Ruptured; rupturing. Ruptured duck (1945) was U.S. GI's dismissive term (based on its design) for the discharge button they were awarded.

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ruptured in Medicine

rupture rup·ture (rŭp'chər)

  1. The process of breaking open or bursting.

  2. A hernia, especially of the groin or intestines.

  3. A tear in an organ or a tissue.

v. rup·tured, rup·tur·ing, rup·tures
To break open; burst.
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