1 of 2


hem·​or·​rhage ˈhem-rij How to pronounce hemorrhage (audio)
medical : a copious or heavy discharge of blood from the blood vessels
a cerebral hemorrhage
postpartum hemorrhage
stop the hemorrhage
: a rapid and uncontrollable loss or outflow
a financial hemorrhage
hemorrhagic adjective


2 of 2


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.

Did you know?

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.

Example Sentences

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
That includes a 65-year-old woman with early stage cognitive decline who died of a massive brain hemorrhage. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 6 Jan. 2023 The diagnosis carried risks to her own health, a higher chance of hemorrhage, a higher chance of preeclampsia. Eric Boodman, STAT, 21 Dec. 2022 Science on Sunday reported that a woman receiving Biogen’s experimental Alzheimer's drug lecanemab had died from a brain hemorrhage. Charley Grant, WSJ, 28 Nov. 2022 The examination was notable for scleral icterus and subconjunctival hemorrhage in both eyes. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 6 Jan. 2023 One told of an ectopic pregnancy that was allowed to grow on a scar left by a previous cesarean section – which can cause uterine rupture, hemorrhage and death. Laura Ungar And Heather Hollingsworth, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Nov. 2022 That tour was interrupted when Ms. Durham suffered a brain hemorrhage. Alex Williams, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2022 Or, maybe, creating a cuddly rabbit-alien named Bibi’s (embodied by Renaldo) who emerges from a giant egg and acts out an internal hemorrhage, teaching a classroom of unruly children a valuable lesson. Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2022 By late Sunday night, Emmie suffered a severe lung hemorrhage. Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Nov. 2022
Addison and Bailey went into crisis mode while traveling back to the clinic with a patient named Susan, who began to hemorrhage from an ectopic pregnancy attached to her C-section scar. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2022 Data also shows racial gaps in specific causes of death: Black women are five times more likely to die from heart failure after childbirth and twice as likely to hemorrhage, or severely bleed. Emma Hinchliffe And Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 8 July 2022 In rarer cases women can hemorrhage or become infected. Liz Essley Whyte, WSJ, 4 July 2022 An unsafe Baltimore County will hemorrhage residents to other jurisdictions. David Marks, Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 In some cases, the blood vessels in the eyes themselves hemorrhage. Outside Online, 11 June 2018 Company officials also said their direct-to-consumer business—primarily comprised of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+—continues to hemorrhage cash. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 12 May 2022 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 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hemorrhage.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History


Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use


1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1928, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of hemorrhage was in 1671

Dictionary Entries Near hemorrhage

Cite this Entry

“Hemorrhage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemorrhage. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


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


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

Medical Definition


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


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

More from Merriam-Webster on hemorrhage

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Spell It

Hear a word and type it out. How many can you get right?

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?