[ ruhp-cher ]
/ ˈrʌp tʃər /


verb (used with object), rup·tured, rup·tur·ing.

verb (used without object), rup·tured, rup·tur·ing.

to suffer a break or rupture.

Nearby words

  1. rupes altai,
  2. rupestrine,
  3. rupia,
  4. rupiah,
  5. rupicolous,
  6. ruptured duck,
  7. rural,
  8. rural dean,
  9. rural delivery,
  10. rural delivery service

Origin of rupture

1475–85; < Latin ruptūra (noun), equivalent to rupt(us) (past participle of rumpere to break) + -ūra -ure

Related forms
Can be confusedrapture rupture Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rupture


/ (ˈrʌptʃə) /


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 Formsrupturable, adjective

Word Origin for rupture

C15: from Latin ruptūra a breaking, from rumpere to burst forth; see erupt

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Word Origin and History for rupture
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Medicine definitions for rupture


[ rŭpchər ]


The process of breaking open or bursting.
A hernia, especially of the groin or intestines.
A tear in an organ or a tissue.


To break open; burst.

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