an·​eu·​rysm | \ ˈan-yə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce aneurysm (audio) \
variants: or less commonly aneurism

Definition of aneurysm

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

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Other Words from aneurysm

aneurysmal \ ˌan-​yə-​ˈriz-​məl How to pronounce aneurysmal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of aneurysm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was rushed to the hospital with a ruptured brain aneurysm. Caitlin Anderson, Twin Cities, "Apple Valley’s ‘Hat Man’ wears crazy hats, makes people smile," 30 Dec. 2019 And African-Americans and Hispanics are twice as likely to suffer from brain aneurysms than whites. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "How a brain aneurysm helped CNBC's Sharon Epperson embrace change," 19 Dec. 2019 Last year there was doubt Stella would survive, let alone return to work, after a debilitating brain aneurysm left her partially paralyzed and unable to speak. CBS News, "Doughnut shop owner returns after community bought out store every day while she was in a coma," 10 Dec. 2019 In a battle for his life due to a brain aneurysm that left him paralyzed in all four limbs, Ball passed away at 4:15 a.m., according to his sister, Natalie Ball Myricks. Edgar Thompson,, "Former Florida Gators LB Neiron Ball dies at age 27," 11 Sep. 2019 Mitchell has rebounded remarkably from the brain aneurysm that hospitalized her in 2016, Carlile said, although she has been seen using a cane in recent public outings, having needed to re-learn how to walk. Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times, "How Brandi Carlile, an avowed nonbeliever, learned to love Joni Mitchell," 13 Oct. 2019 Emilia Clarke, best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, recently opened up about the brain aneurysms that almost took her life. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Emilia Clarke Just Shared Never-Before-Seen Photos Taken After Her Brain Surgery," 8 Apr. 2019 When Diane experienced a near-fatal brain aneurysm at the age of 39, Owen's commitment never wavered., "Owen Duggan," 15 Oct. 2019 Ball, who played football at the University of Florida and was drafted by Oakland in 2015, suffered a brain aneurysm almost a year ago. Jonathan Jones,, "Former Raiders LB Neiron Ball Passes Away at 27 Years Old," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of aneurysm

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aneurysm

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

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aneurysm.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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variants: also aneurism \ ˈan-​yə-​ˌriz-​əm How to pronounce aneurism (audio) \

Medical Definition of aneurysm

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

Other Words from aneurysm

aneurysmal also aneurismal \ ˌan-​yə-​ˈriz-​məl How to pronounce aneurismal (audio) \ adjective
aneurysmally \ -​ē How to pronounce aneurysmally (audio) \ adverb

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