hemorrhage

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noun

hem·​or·​rhage ˈhem-rij How to pronounce hemorrhage (audio)
ˈhe-mə-
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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
hemorrhagic adjective

hemorrhage

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verb

hemorrhaged; hemorrhaging

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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The eventual diagnosis: a ruptured aneurysm in a pancreatic artery that had caused a massive abdominal hemorrhage, with enough blood loss to bring Junger perilously close to death. Steven Petrow, Washington Post, 19 July 2024 Listen to this article Barbara L. Ruland, a community activist who played a role in the redevelopment of the old Memorial Stadium site in Baltimore, died June 1 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson of a hemorrhage. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 17 July 2024
Verb
Biden started to hemorrhage support from his own party and allies after his June 27 debate against Trump. Kevin Breuninger,dan Mangan, CNBC, 21 July 2024 Graphcore, which counts Nvidia and Arm among its rivals, had been hemorrhaging money for a couple years and was desperately seeking a buyer. Sharon Goldman, Fortune, 12 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for hemorrhage 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use

Noun

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1928, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of hemorrhage was in 1671

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Cite this Entry

“Hemorrhage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemorrhage. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

hemorrhage

1 of 2 noun
hem·​or·​rhage ˈhem-(ə-)rij How to pronounce hemorrhage (audio)
: a great loss of blood from the blood vessels especially when caused by injury
hemorrhagic adjective

hemorrhage

2 of 2 verb
hemorrhaged; hemorrhaging
: to bleed heavily or uncontrollably

Medical Definition

hemorrhage

1 of 2 noun
hem·​or·​rhage
variants or chiefly British haemorrhage
: a copious discharge of blood from the blood vessels
hemorrhagic adjective
or chiefly British haemorrhagic

hemorrhage

2 of 2 intransitive verb
variants or chiefly British haemorrhage
hemorrhaged; hemorrhaging
: to undergo heavy or uncontrollable bleeding

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