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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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Preliminary findings concluded that excess air pressure in the cabin caused the door to burst open, and found that the cabin altitude gauge could lead pilots to believe the cabin was at low pressure when it was still pressurised.
Preliminary findings from the investigation into the accident have suggested that the air pressure inside the cabin caused the door to burst open and that neither the Airbus nor American Airlines manual for the aircraft indicated that the aircraft will not automatically depressurize after landing if the pressurization system is being operated manually.
Just before the buds open, bring them into the warmth of the house where they will burst open and fill the room with perfume and colour.
He was being forced to suffer round after round of painful punishment before his left eye finally burst open in the fifth.
DWP spokeswoman Cecilia Weldon said Friday that the agency is reviewing the possibility of ``slip-lining'' a new pipe inside a 2,000-foot stretch of the existing pipe that burst open this week.
BUNGLING bank raiders blew a building to pieces as they tried to burst open a cash machine.
Around 180 pigs trotter off down the road after a lorry transporting them to the slaughterhouse flipped over and the doors burst open.
MORE than 120 passengers were sucked out of a transport plane to their deaths when its massive rear cargo door burst open at 33,000 feet over the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Patrick Darby, prosecuting, said Mr Colledge and his girlfriend were about to go up to bed "when the front door burst open and there stood the defendant in a foul temper, shouting and ranting".
She fell at 120 mph for 50 seconds; then the parachute burst open.
At this rate, I am going to have to burst open my duty-free.
They burst open the doors of the bus front and back.