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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.
References in classic literature ?
About midnight we shipped a sea, which forced its way through the skylights, burst open the doors above, and came raging and roaring down into the ladies' cabin, to the unspeakable consternation of my wife and a little Scotch lady - who, by the way, had previously sent a message to the captain by the stewardess, requesting him, with her compliments, to have a steel conductor immediately attached to the top of every mast, and to the chimney, in order that the ship might not be struck by lightning.
The inner door burst open and a big figure appeared, who was more of a contrast to the explanatory Seymour than even Captain Cutler.
The dinner was put back an hour, and we were sitting round the fire with no light but the blaze when the hall-door suddenly burst open and the hall resounded with these words, uttered with the greatest vehemence and in a stentorian tone: "We have been misdirected, Jarndyce, by a most abandoned ruffian, who told us to take the turning to the right instead of to the left.
Thrice he smote that strong, ironbound box, and at the third blow it burst open and a great heap of gold came rolling forth, gleaming red in the light of the torches.
We must try it that way--we may save him yet if we can burst open the inner door.
She said: "The pen was so full that at one point during the game the gate burst open with the pressure of the crowd and Marian fell through the gate and out onto the pitch.
The Titan Arum, which has flowers measuring 10ft by 10ft and is one of the world's whiffiest plants, burst open on Thursday night.
Tons of small coal from overturned wagons burst open the kitchen window and covered the spot where Mrs Scully had been, piling up to a height of several feet.
The parents of Stephen Slaughter, four, claim the plastic battery box operating flashing lights on the outfit burst open and flew 15ft in the air.
Drivers scrambled to grab money flying around a Maryland highway after an armored truck's door burst open.
If a seal is too strong, for example on a snack, pharmaceutical or cornflake package, it becomes very tough to open--if it is too weak it is liable to burst open and spoil the contents.
Cameron & Co should bear in mind that slammed doors can be burst open.