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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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My quandary ended when the door of the box burst open behind me and there was Connolly, sweating profusely having run up the steps.
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Dozens of soldiers, their wives and children plunged to their deaths over Congo after being sucked out when the rear door of a cargo plane burst open.
More than 120 passengers died when they were sucked out of a transport plane after its massive rear cargo door burst open at 7,000 ft over the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The crew member was ejected from an American Airlines aircraft onto a ramp at the airport when an emergency exit door, which he was struggling to operate, burst open.
He was being forced to suffer round after round of painful punishment before his left eye finally burst open in the fifth.
But when arson/explosives experts set off a small explosive charge next to the black briefcase, reportedly left by a man who had been seen acting oddly on the El Dorado School grounds, it burst open to reveal nothing more dangerous than a set of barbells, minus the weights.
He and others think that the hemorrhage causes the plaque to grow, which further narrows the artery and may cause the plaque to burst open into the vessel, producing stroke- or TIA-triggering clots.
The Titan Arum, which has flowers measuring 10ft by 10ft and is one of the world's whiffiest plants, burst open on Thursday night.