dis·​rup·​tion | \ dis-ˈrəp-shən How to pronounce disruption (audio) \
plural disruptions

Definition of disruption

: the act or process of disrupting something : a break or interruption in the normal course or continuation of some activity, process, etc. disruption of sleep disruptions in service a process that has continued without disruption Throughout the history of medicine, health has been seen as a condition of equilibrium and illness as the disruption of a balanced state.— David Mechanic By 1925 most countries had recovered from the economic disruptions caused by the Great War of 1914-18.— John A. Garraty

First Known Use of disruption

1622, in the meaning defined above

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“Disruption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disruption. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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dis·​rup·​tion | \ dis-ˈrəp-shən How to pronounce disruption (audio) \

Medical Definition of disruption

: the act or process of breaking apart or rupturing bandaged her leg tightly to prevent disruption of the partly healed wound

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disrupt \ dis-​ˈrəpt How to pronounce disruption (audio) \ transitive verb

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