hemorrhage

noun
hem·​or·​rhage | \ˈhem-rij, ˈhe-mə-\

Definition of hemorrhage 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 medical : a copious or heavy discharge of blood from the blood vessels a cerebral hemorrhage postpartum hemorrhage stop the hemorrhage

2 : a rapid and uncontrollable loss or outflow a financial hemorrhage

hemorrhage

verb
hemorrhaged; hemorrhaging

Definition of hemorrhage (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to undergo heavy or uncontrollable bleeding began to hemorrhage after the surgery

transitive verb

: to lose rapidly and uncontrollably The company is hemorrhaging money.

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Other Words from hemorrhage

Noun

hemorrhagic \ ˌhe-​mə-​ˈra-​jik \ adjective

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A hemorrhage usually results from either a severe blow to the body or from medication being taken for something else. Though many hemorrhages aren't particularly serious, those that occur in the brain (cerebral hemorrhages) can be life-threatening. In older people, hemorrhages are often caused by blood-thinning medication taken to prevent heart attacks. A bruise (or hematoma) is a hemorrhage close enough to the surface of the skin to be visible. Hemorrhage is also a verb, which isn't always used to talk about actual blood; thus, we may hear that a business is hemorrhaging money, or that the U.S. has been hemorrhaging industrial jobs for decades. Be careful when writing hemorrhage; it's not an easy word to spell.

Examples of hemorrhage in a Sentence

Noun

The patient suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. There is a possibility of hemorrhage with the procedure.

Verb

The patient began to hemorrhage after the surgery.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The mayor, who had an acute cerebral hemorrhage, survived and was in stable condition Thursday. Mari Yamaguchi, BostonGlobe.com, "Sumo in uproar as women first responders ordered out of ring," 6 Apr. 2018 The other victim suffered a broken nose, a broken eye socket, a broken neck, a brain hemorrhage, a spinal fracture and memory impairment. CBS News, "San Francisco officer known as "Hot Cop" sentenced to jail in hit-and-run crash," 5 Apr. 2018 The news of Ferguson's brain hemorrhage on the weekend rocked the footballing world, and since then players and clubs alike have all come to give the Manchester United club legend their best wishes. SI.com, "Sir Alex Ferguson No Longer Requires Intensive Care Following Successful Brain Surgery," 9 May 2018 He was diagnosed with a hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm, needed emergency brain surgery and spent 2 ½ weeks in intensive care. Colleen Kane, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox's Danny Farquhar posts video of himself throwing during recovery from brain hemorrhage," 20 June 2018 The cause of death was initially deemed a brain hemorrhage, however Ratliff's body was later exhumed for an additional autopsy in light of Kathleen's similar death. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Netflix's 'The Staircase' will be your new true-crime obsession. Here's what you need to know.," 8 June 2018 In 1992, her husband Richard Armstrong died of a cerebral hemorrhage, and Diehl-Armstrong received a large malpractice settlement. refinery29.com, "Thought The Staircase Was Crazy? Evil Genius Is Your Next True Crime Binge," 20 June 2018 Here’s the math behind an academic hemorrhage: Between 500 and 600 fewer students will attend Evergreen State College next fall than in 2017, according to internal estimates. Jillian Kay Melchior, WSJ, "Rough Social Justice at Evergreen State," 22 May 2018 In 2005, Sharon suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage which was mishandled by a major local hospital, forcing her into early retirement. courant.com, "Sharon E. Torrant," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With the business hemorrhaging cash, Ms. Lacaze slashed costs. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War," 11 July 2018 The abatement was implemented because the city was hemorrhaging population and, with the cost of construction high, there was little residential or commercial building taking place. Joel Naroff, Philly.com, "A look at whether Philadelphia's 10-year tax abatement should continue," 1 May 2018 The team hemorrhaged season ticket holders during back-to-back losing seasons and retaining head coach Marvin Lewis for the 16th year. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "Bengals Xtra: Jungle Pass risky, intriguing olive branch to fans," 17 June 2018 Ebola virus disease, which causes fever, severe headache and in some cases hemorrhaging, most commonly affects people and nonhuman primates, such as monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Ebola outbreak in DRC is 'ongoing' but WHO is 'cautiously optimistic'," 8 June 2018 Tesla is hemorrhaging money and leans heavily on bond offerings right now. David Meyer, Fortune, "Air France-KLM, Novartis and Cohen, Soros and Tesla: CEO Daily for May 16, 2018," 16 May 2018 Since then, the organization has suggested standardizing care across states — so all health care providers know exactly what to do if a pregnant woman is hemorrhaging or has hypertension. NBC News, "How training doctors in implicit bias could save the lives of black mothers," 11 May 2018 Ebola causes fever, severe headaches and in some cases hemorrhaging. Faith Karimi, CNN, "2 Ebola patients escape from treatment in Congo, raising fears virus could spread," 24 May 2018 But that’s the state of affairs for Big Beer: The old-guard light beers have been hemorrhaging market share to imports, wine and spirits, craft beer and other brands in the Big Beer cannon (such as steady-grower Michelob Ultra). Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Bud Light Orange succeeds — but not as a beer," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of hemorrhage

Noun

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1928, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for hemorrhage

Noun

Latin haemorrhagia, from Greek haimorrhagia, from haimo- hem- + -rrhagia

Verb

see hemorrhage entry 1

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More Definitions for hemorrhage

hemorrhage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hemorrhage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

medical : a condition in which a person bleeds too much and cannot stop the flow of blood

hemorrhage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hemorrhage (Entry 2 of 2)

medical : to bleed in a very fast and uncontrolled way

: to lose (people, money, etc.) in a very fast and uncontrolled way

hemorrhage

noun
hem·​or·​rhage | \ˈhe-mə-rij \

Kids Definition of hemorrhage

: a large loss of blood

hemorrhage

noun
hem·​or·​rhage
variants: or chiefly British haemorrhage \ ˈhem-​(ə-​)rij \

Medical Definition of hemorrhage 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a copious discharge of blood from the blood vessels

Other Words from hemorrhage

hemorrhagic or chiefly British haemorrhagic \ ˌhem-​ə-​ˈraj-​ik \ adjective

hemorrhage

intransitive verb
variants: or chiefly British haemorrhage
hemorrhaged; hemorrhaging

Medical Definition of hemorrhage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to undergo heavy or uncontrollable bleeding

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