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 hematoma (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

Examples of hematoma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this month, Maradona underwent successful surgery for a subdural hematoma, more commonly known as a blood clot on the brain, and had been recovering at home. Ben Church And Diego Laje, CNN, "Argentine police search home of Diego Maradona's doctor following the soccer great's death," 30 Nov. 2020 Maradona had been plagued by health issues in recent years, and was recently released from a Buenos Aires hospital after suffering a subdural hematoma, which required brain surgery. Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times, "Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer legend, dies at 60," 25 Nov. 2020 Doctors discovered a subdural hematoma which was addressed with surgery in June. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell retires before 2020-21 season," 13 Nov. 2020 Maradona had a subdural hematoma, which is an accumulation of blood between a membrane and his brain, said Dr. Leopoldo Luque, a neurologist who performed Tuesday’s operation. Fox News, "Doctor says Diego Maradona doing well after surgery," 4 Nov. 2020 Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona was in recovery after successful surgery to treat a subdural hematoma, a blood clot on the brain, the former World Cup winner's doctor said late on Tuesday. NBC News, "Argentina soccer great Diego Maradona in recovery after brain surgery," 4 Nov. 2020 Diego Armando Maradona underwent surgery Tuesday night for a subdural hematoma, a blood clot on the brain. Julio Vega, USA TODAY, "Diego Maradona undergoes surgery for blood clot on brain; doctor calls it successful," 4 Nov. 2020 However, subsequent tests revealed that the 60-year-old had a subdural hematoma -- more commonly knows as a blood clot on the brain -- and was immediately transferred from a hospital in La Plata to the Olivos clinic for surgery. Matias Grez, CNN, "Lionel Messi sends 'hug from the heart' to Diego Maradona after successful surgery for a blood clot on the brain," 4 Nov. 2020 The official name for this is a subungual hematoma, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "What to Do When Your Fingernail Gets Bruised (or Falls Off)," 23 Sep. 2020

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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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“Hematoma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hematoma. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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