aneurysm

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noun an·eu·rysm \ˈan-yə-ˌri-zəm\

Definition of aneurysm

  1. :  an abnormal blood-filled bulge of a blood vessel and especially an artery resulting from weakening (as from disease) of the vessel wall

aneurysmal

play \ˌan-yə-ˈriz-məl\ adjective

Variants of aneurysm

or less commonly

aneurism

Origin and Etymology of aneurysm

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


First Known Use: 15th century


Medical Dictionary

aneurysm

noun an·eu·rysm

Medical Definition of aneurysm

  1. :  an abnormal blood-filled dilatation of a blood vessel and especially an artery resulting from disease of the vessel wall

aneurysmal

also

aneurismal

\ˌan-yə-ˈriz-məl\play adjective

aneurysmally

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Illustration of aneurysm

Variants of aneurysm

also

aneurism

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