January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1931
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A definition of the term "rupture" is presented. It refers to the breaking apart of an organ or tissue. The term is also known as hernia. Different types of ruptures include rupture of the Achilles tendon, cardiac rupture, and rupture of membranes. In cardiac rupture, there is a tearing of the heart muscle, which occurs after severe chest pain.


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