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rhexis

[ rek-sis ]

noun

, Pathology.
, plural rhex·es [rek, -seez].
  1. rupture, as of a blood vessel, organ, or cell.


rhexis

/ ˈrɛksɪs /

noun

  1. med the rupture of an organ or blood vessel


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Word History and Origins

Origin of rhexis1

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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Word History and Origins

Origin of rhexis1

C17: from Greek rhēxis a bursting
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Example Sentences

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

It is supposed that in many such cases the hemorrhage is due to diapedesis, and not to rupture of a blood-vessel (rhexis).

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