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burst

(berst),
A sudden increase in activity.

burst

to break suddenly while under tension or expansion.

burst

Biochemistry
An abrupt onset of a reaction.
 
Cardiology
See Burst pacing.
 
Gastroenterology
A series or cluster of phasic contractions of the GI tract of = 2 minutes, rarely associated with propagation but sometimes with tonic changes in baseline pressure.
 
Imaging
A type of MRI which allows imaging of the entire brain in 2 seconds, which detects areas of decreased blood flow that may correspond to neuritic plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, and thus is of potential use as a diagnostic tool for Alzheimer’s disease.

Immunology
A synonym for an aggregate of progenitor cell colonies in the bone marrow.

Pulmonology
See Respiratory burst.
 
Virology
The rupture of a host cell filled with viral progeny.

burst

(bŭrst)
1. To rupture or explode.
2. The act or result of bursting.
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One worker Malcolm Stafford of Pontypridd said: 'You don't expect such a long-established factory to disappear suddenly like a burst bubble.
In fact, argues Palo Alto's Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy, outside the burst bubble the state has outperformed the rest of the country.
Yet while the burst bubble and economic slowdown is likely to curtail the scope of unfettered experimentation, it seems clear that there will also be a continuing fermentation and questioning of Japan's social economic and cultural values and that Japanese architecture will continue to be as richly paradoxical and enthralling as the urban culture in which it is inescapably conceived.
PHOTO : Figure 1 - schematic of burst bubble latex defect