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 John Paul Eberhard, 93, died May 2 in Gaithersburg — less than one month after his wife of almost seven decades succumbed to a brain hemorrhage and on what would have been her 89th birthday. Emily Davies, Washington Post, "Architecture ‘maverick’ dies of covid-19, congestive heart failure at 93," 6 Nov. 2020 While on their way to the hospital to interview the family, detectives learned the baby also had a retinal hemorrhage. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "A baby girl suffered head trauma last month. Now, a Norwich man is under arrest, police say," 11 Sep. 2020 His doctors explained that the aneurysm at the base of the brain had leaked, and that a further hemorrhage could be fatal. Author: Toluse Olorunnipa, Michael Kranish, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden and Trump have questioned the other’s physical and mental fitness. Here’s what we know about their health.," 25 Oct. 2020 Those conditions may have contributed to the cerebral hemorrhage that killed him months into his final term, Annas said. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "What Presidents haven't told us about their health over the years," 7 Oct. 2020 One White House physician, in her memoir, describes treating everyone from a tourist who fainted after not eating breakfast to an Army official who suffered a fatal brain hemorrhage. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "What goes into the decision to discharge a president with Covid-19?," 5 Oct. 2020 David Stern, the former commissioner, died on Jan. 1, weeks after a brain hemorrhage. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "‘One of the Worst, Strangest Years’: An N.B.A. Season Like No Other," 30 Sep. 2020 Carl himself died unexpectedly six years later, succumbing to a cerebral hemorrhage while scouting out new homes for the family in Mexico City. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Women Who Shaped the Past 100 Years of American Literature," 23 Sep. 2020 However, a brain hemorrhage related to a CCM could be fatal. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "What Is CCM, the Neurological Condition in Netflix's New Show 'Away'?," 14 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "NFL 2020 midseason grades for all 32 teams: Who's aced the early slate?," 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, "A Bet on Europe Is a Bet on Drugs, Against Tech," 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, "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

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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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10 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hemorrhage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemorrhage. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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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