he·​ma·​to·​ma | \ ˌhē-mə-ˈtō-mə How to pronounce hematoma (audio) \
plural hematomas also hematomata\ ˌhē-​mə-​ˈtō-​mə-​tə How to pronounce hematomata (audio) \

Definition of hematoma

: a mass of usually clotted blood that forms in a tissue, organ, or body space as a result of a broken blood vessel

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There, he was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma -- major bruising on his brain -- and was given a 3% chance to live. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Former Astros coach Rich Dauer makes emotional return for first pitch ceremony," 3 Apr. 2018 For instance, elderly people are at higher risk of subdural hematoma, which is brain bleeding that can happen after a fall, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Are There Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease to Watch For?," 28 Nov. 2018 Dauer spent three seasons with the franchise but nearly died last year as a result of a subdural hematoma. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Former Astros Coach Who Nearly Died After World Series Parade Will Be on All-Star Game Staff," 12 June 2018 Most general risks are delayed swelling, redness, bruising, scarring, hematoma (blood collection), seroma (tissue fluid collections). Nadra Nittle, Vox, "More and more men are getting plastic surgery. A doctor explains why.," 12 Sep. 2018 One consistently inserted a drain in patients to prevent hematomas, or blood that pools under the skin. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "What Does Knee Surgery Cost? Few Know, and That’s a Problem," 21 Aug. 2018 Over the next two-and-a-half hours, surgeons performed a craniotomy to remove the blood buildup (epidural hematoma) from Jaden's brain. Maria Carter, Woman's Day, "This Mom Is Speaking Out About Why Your Kid Should NEVER Ride a Bike Without a Helmet," 28 Apr. 2016 Following the baby’s delivery, Williams had a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and a hematoma, which led to her having multiple surgeries. Cady Lang, Time, "Serena Williams on Heading to the Wimbledon Final: 'It's Not Inevitable For Me to Be Playing Like This'," 12 July 2018 There, doctors treated him for a subdural hematoma, one of the deadliest of all head injuries, as well as cuts on his forehead that required 35 stitches to close. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Fireworks display gone wrong nearly cost firefighter his vision," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of hematoma

circa 1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hematoma

New Latin

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variants: or chiefly British haematoma \ -​ˈtō-​mə How to pronounce haematoma (audio) \
plural hematomas also hematomata\ -​mət-​ə How to pronounce hematomata (audio) \

Medical Definition of hematoma

: a mass of usually clotted blood that forms in a tissue, organ, or body space as a result of a broken blood vessel

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