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 hemorrhage (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 Less than one per cent of women who have taken the pills in the U.S. have reported serious adverse events, such as hemorrhage or infections requiring antibiotics. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, 11 Nov. 2021 But medical staff argued that the severity of the boy's injuries, which also included a brain hemorrhage that caused deadly swelling, was unlikely the result of such an accident. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Oct. 2021 The Greenville News also reported that the medical notes show Murdaugh was treated for a laceration to his scalp, a small subdural hemorrhage and a skull fracture consistent with two superficial bullet wounds to the head. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 17 Oct. 2021 Having uterine fibroids was associated with a higher risk of cesarean section as well as postpartum hemorrhage; it was also found that babies were more likely to present in a breech position at the time of delivery. Sarah Bradley, Health.com, 8 Oct. 2021 At the start of the episode, Jean is in surgery after her hemorrhage, with Otis, Eric, Ola, and Jakob staying at the hospital. Quinci Legardye, Marie Claire, 22 Sep. 2021 At age 3, after Murray’s mother died of a cerebral hemorrhage, Murray was sent to live with maternal relatives in Durham. Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2021 Cho had been hospitalized since a collapse in June 2020, and died in Seoul after suffering a brain hemorrhage. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 The cause of death was subarachnoid hemorrhage of the brain. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Nov. 2014 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 2020, Pollstar, a publication that covers the concert industry worldwide projected the live music industry would hemorrhage $30 billion in revenue because of the pandemic. Palak Jayswal | Special To The Tribune, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Oct. 2021 The Dolphins offense was bleeding, openly and chaotically, and the season about to hemorrhage in a messy manner as Sunday stumbled to an ugly end with a few minutes left in the fourth quarter. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, 27 Sep. 2021 But with a defense on track to hemorrhage the most yards in league history and a run game wracked by injuries, these 'Hawks will struggle to end the year in gratifying fashion. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 11 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, network providers such as Vodafone and Telefónica, which led Europe’s stock markets in the tech frenzy of the late 1990s, continue to hemorrhage value in the current one. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, 25 Sep. 2020 Ahead of the government's labor readout, many economists and Wall Street analysts had predicted that the economy would continue to hemorrhage jobs and that the unemployment rate would approach 20%. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 5 June 2020 But even with that level of voluntary leaves, $25 billion in grants and low-interest loans from the federal bailout known as the CARES Act, airlines are hemorrhaging millions of dollars a day. Chris Isidore, CNN, 10 May 2020 But even as orders have increased, the market is still hemorrhaging money — a common dilemma for restaurants during the age of coronavirus. Los Angeles Times, 6 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. BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 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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23 Nov 2021

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“Hemorrhage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemorrhage. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hemorrhage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

: 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 hemorrhage (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 hemorrhage (audio) \ adjective


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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