- rupture, as of a blood vessel, organ, or cell.
Origin of rhexis
1375–1425; < New Latin < Greek rhêxis a breaking, cleft, derivative of rhēgnýnai to break, break loose; replacing late Middle English rixis (attested once) ≪ Greek, as above
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Examples from the Web for rhexis
It is supposed that in many such cases the hemorrhage is due to diapedesis, and not to rupture of a blood-vessel (rhexis).
In these cases hemorrhage by rhexis is altogether more probable even when ruptured vessels cannot be demonstrated.
- med the rupture of an organ or blood vessel
C17: from Greek rhēxis a bursting
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- Bursting or rupture of an organ or vessel.
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