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[ rek-sis ]
/ ˈrɛk sɪs /

noun, plural rhex·es [rek-seez] /ˈrɛk siz/. Pathology.

rupture, as of a blood vessel, organ, or cell.

Nearby words

rheumatoid nodule, rheumatoid spondylitis, rheumatologist, rheumatology, rheumy, rhexis, rheydt, rhg, rhiannon, rhigolene, rhin-

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rhexis

  • In these cases hemorrhage by rhexis is altogether more probable even when ruptured vessels cannot be demonstrated.

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II|Various
  • It is supposed that in many such cases the hemorrhage is due to diapedesis, and not to rupture of a blood-vessel (rhexis).

British Dictionary definitions for rhexis


/ (ˈrɛksɪs) /


med the rupture of an organ or blood vessel

Word Origin for rhexis

C17: from Greek rhēxis a bursting
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Medicine definitions for rhexis


[ rĕksĭs ]

n. pl. rhex•es (rĕksēz)

Bursting or rupture of an organ or vessel.
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