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rupture,in medicine: see herniahernia,
protrusion of an internal organ or part of an organ through the wall of a body cavity. The hernia is enclosed by a sac formed by the lining of the cavity. It results from a weakness or rupture in the wall, usually where there is already a natural weakness.
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a. the breaking or tearing of a bodily structure or part
b. another word for hernia
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