an·​eu·​rysm ˈan-yə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce aneurysm (audio)
variants or less commonly aneurism
: an abnormal blood-filled bulge of a blood vessel and especially an artery resulting from weakening (as from disease) of the vessel wall
aneurysmal adjective

Examples of aneurysm in a Sentence

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Word History


Greek aneurysma, from aneurynein to dilate, from ana- + eurynein to stretch, from eurys wide — more at eury-

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aneurysm was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Aneurysm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants also aneurism
: an abnormal blood-filled dilatation of a blood vessel and especially an artery resulting from disease of the vessel wall
aneurysmal adjective
also aneurismal
aneurysmally adverb

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