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
In 2011, Clarke experienced her first aneurysm, which caused a stroke and a subarachnoid hemorrhage, not long after wrapping up filming the first season of Game of Thrones. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 10 June 2024 The mother’s hemorrhage and the baby’s time in the NICU contribute to the sense that the preciousness of life is bound up in its arbitrariness. Christine Smallwood, Vulture, 6 May 2024
Verb
Insurance carriers are hemorrhaging money and no longer writing policies in certain areas. David W. Chen, New York Times, 7 June 2024 Gazprom slumped to its first loss in 20 years in 2023, hemorrhaging 629 billion roubles ($7.1 billion) after being locked out of its crucial Western European export market, a massive swing from its net profit of 1.2 trillion roubles ($12.9 billion) in 2022. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 6 June 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 19 Jun. 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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