[ 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.

Origin of rupture

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

Related forms

Can be confused

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

Examples from the Web for rupture

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 Forms

rupturable, adjective

Word Origin for rupture

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