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 In an effort to stop the financial hemorrhage, Hafeez said the airline is restructuring with a business plan that will eventually reduce the numbers of employees to 7,000 and increase the numbers of aircraft to 45. Washington Post, "Pakistani carrier fires 28 pilots over fake licenses scandal," 8 July 2020 The cause was a brain hemorrhage, according to his publisher in Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, and his longtime photo editor and friend Robert Pledge, the co-founder of the New York photographic agency Contact Press Images. Washington Post, "Li Zhensheng, photographer who captured trauma of Cultural Revolution, dies at 80," 26 June 2020 His wife, Sylvia Schorner, said the cause was a massive brain hemorrhage. Emily Heil, BostonGlobe.com, "Dieter Schorner, acclaimed pastry chef who revived creme brulee, dies at 83," 24 June 2020 The autopsy report also showed there was trauma to Higgins’ neck and a hemorrhage of the left omohyoid muscle, deep in the neck. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "'We want justice': Complaint seeks trial, $10M in case of Tenn. man who died in jail," 12 June 2020 Cases include complications around childbirth such as postpartum hemorrhage, preeclampsia, and placental abruption. NBC News, "Gunmen attack Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan," 12 May 2020 There have been reports of brain hemorrhages, heart conditions, liver failure, kidney failure. The Atlantic, "Listen: Why Do Some People Get Sicker?," 23 Apr. 2020 Girón suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, a pelvis fracture, and liver and kidney lacerations. CBS News, "Pregnant teen falls to her death trying to climb U.S. border wall," 13 Mar. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Stock market jumps on surprisingly strong jobs report," 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, "Airlines say massive job cuts are inevitable after bailout money dries up," 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, "Surviving the Shutdown: San Pedro Fish Market has sold over 15,000 shrimp trays since stay-at-home started," 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, "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

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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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Last Updated

13 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hemorrhage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemorrhage. Accessed 16 Jul. 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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