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

Examples of hematoma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cat, named Lady in a Fur Coat, was bought into the Dane County Humane Society in December and immediately began treatment for chronic ear infections and hematomas, spokesperson Marissa DeGroot told CNN. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A stray cat without ears has a new set of purple ones, thanks to an animal lover who crochets," 19 Jan. 2020 The concern was palpable this week, when Carter underwent surgery to treat a subdural hematoma, the result of a head injury from an October fall at home that required 14 stitches. Jeffrey Schweers, USA TODAY, "'A fighter': President Jimmy Carter's neighbors know they'll say goodbye one day, but not yet," 15 Nov. 2019 Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering from surgery Tuesday morning to relieve pressure on his brain caused by a subdural hematoma, the Carter Center said in a statement. Victoria Albert, CBS News, "Former President Jimmy Carter recovers from surgery to relieve pressure in brain," 12 Nov. 2019 And in early November, Mr. Carter was hospitalized again to relieve pressure on his brain caused by a subdural hematoma. Victoria Albert, CBS News, "Jimmy Carter hospitalized for urinary tract infection," 2 Dec. 2019 In an earlier press release, the Center acknowledged that the surgery was necessary, due to a subdural hematoma due to his recent falls. Essence, "President Jimmy Carter Recovering From Surgery To Relieve Pressure From Brain," 12 Nov. 2019 On June 1, 2014, news broke that the legendary actress had suddenly passed away after falling in her bathroom and suffering a subdural hematoma that caused her to slip into a coma. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "A Closer Look at The Brady Bunch’s Ann B. Davis aka Alice, the Housekeeper," 23 Sep. 2019 Those are all pretty normal reasons for spotting during pregnancy and aren't really worrisome (although experts are investigating if there's a relationship between subchorionic hematoma and increased risk of miscarriage). Zahra Barnes, SELF, "3 Times When Spotting During Pregnancy Could Signal a Problem," 19 Sep. 2019 The CAT scan read by an outside radiologist showed an epidural hematoma — a collection of blood pressing on the spinal cord. Robert Brum, USA TODAY, "She became a quadriplegic after spinal surgery. A jury awarded her $56M malpractice verdict," 12 Aug. 2019

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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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25 Jan 2020

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“Hematoma.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hematoma. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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