hem·​or·​rhage | \ ˈhem-rij How to pronounce hemorrhage (audio) , 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


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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hemorrhagic \ ˌhe-​mə-​ˈra-​jik How to pronounce hemorrhagic (audio) \ 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 Let Democrats argue that identity politics trumps a $250 billion tourniquet on the economic hemorrhage wrought by this clandestine enemy’s invisible Blitzkrieg against our beloved Republic. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Democrats Block Job-Saving Program," 19 Apr. 2020 GGOs in chest CT scans can also indicate congestive heart failure, inflammatory interstitial lung diseases, and diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (bleeding into the airspaces of the lungs), among other issues. Leah Groth, Health.com, "What Do 'Ground Glass Opacities' Mean in Lung Scans of COVID-19 Patients?," 16 Apr. 2020 Women who have this medical procedure in the second trimester of a pregnancy face a greater risk of hemorrhage and other complications like uterine perforation, which may require further surgery or even a hysterectomy to address. Yana Rodgers, The Conversation, "Delaying ‘nonessential’ abortions during coronavirus crisis endangers women’s health and financial future," 1 Apr. 2020 When one board member had a brain hemorrhage and was rushed to the hospital, the three remaining members declared that the hearing must be postponed. Breanne L. Heldman, PEOPLE.com, "Justin Chambers' Dr. Alex Karev Left Grey's Anatomy on a Heroic Note: Revisit His Final Moments," 10 Jan. 2020 Consider the alternatives of a 50-year-old standard lady donor who died of a brain hemorrhage (often related to high blood pressure, which can also affect the heart). Allen Kim, CNN, "Doctors 'reanimate' heart for first-of-its-kind transplant in US," 3 Dec. 2019 Ngo was hospitalized overnight with a cerebral hemorrhage. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Go Ahead, Let Trump Make Your Day," 3 Mar. 2020 Bravo, who has born Jesus Melgoza, was rushed the emergency room of the Centro Medico Dalinde in Mexico City on Saturday afternoon with a gastrointestinal hemorrhage, the statement said. Mitchell Mccluskey, CNN, "Chuy Bravo, Chelsea Handler's sidekick on TV talk show, dies at 63," 16 Dec. 2019 In Wuhan, a front-line doctor went to his isolated room to avoid possibly infecting his family and had an intracranial hemorrhage. cleveland, "From Wuhan to Cleveland: 10 lessons for dealing with a coronavirus shutdown," 29 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb A few months later, Ayesha died during labor, her body unable to handle the birth and doctors unable to stop her from hemorrhaging to death. BostonGlobe.com, "Women face dilemma in a war zone: risk the blasts or sexual assault," 16 May 2020 A few months later, Ayesha died during labor, her body unable to handle the birth and doctors unable to stop her from hemorrhaging to death. Anam Zakaria, New York Times, "Women Face Dilemma in a War Zone: Risk the Blasts or Sexual Assault," 15 May 2020 However, an autopsy showed the baby had multiple rib and skull fractures in addition to hemorrhaging in the brain and around the eyes. Connor Van Ligten, azcentral, "Phoenix police say 2-month-old died after father threw, smothered him," 24 Apr. 2020 During Jackson’s first season with the Browns in 2016, Cleveland acquired Collins in a mid-season trade after hemorrhaging points on a weekly basis. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "How Jamie Collins became the leader Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia needs," 19 Mar. 2020 Under Bezos' ownership the Post went from hemorrhaging advertising revenue to becoming a profitable business in 2016, and continuing to be profitable not just in 2017, but also in 2018, CNN has learned. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, "How the Washington Post has changed under Jeff Bezos," 16 Aug. 2019 Like a lot of industries rattled by the pandemic, Kentucky's breweries are hemorrhaging. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Miss your favorite brewery? This virtual Kentucky beer festival will quench your thirst," 21 Apr. 2020 Most areas of the country are succeeding—so much so that hospitals and physicians are hemorrhaging cash due to declining demand for care. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Sending Hospitals Into Bankruptcy," 19 Apr. 2020 The coronavirus crisis has left airlines and airports hemorrhaging cash. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Express Covid-19 testing may become the new norm before flying," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of hemorrhage


1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1928, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for hemorrhage

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of hemorrhage was in 1671

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6 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hemorrhage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemorrhage. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce hemorrhage (audio)

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



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


hem·​or·​rhage | \ ˈhe-mə-rij How to pronounce hemorrhage (audio) \

Kids Definition of hemorrhage

: a large loss of blood


variants: or chiefly British haemorrhage \ ˈhem-​(ə-​)rij How to pronounce haemorrhage (audio) \

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 How to pronounce haemorrhagic (audio) \ adjective
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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