hemorrhage

noun
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

hemorrhage

verb
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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Other Words from hemorrhage

Noun

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

Doctors discovered Levi suffered multiple traumatic injuries, including a tear to his small bowel and hemorrhages to his liver and diaphragm. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Judge sentences St. Paul man to 15 years for beating child to death in case she calls ‘stunning’," 13 June 2019 Splinter hemorrhages show up as small dark marks on the nails. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "What Are Splinter Hemorrhages? Here’s What You Need to Know," 13 June 2019 Until recently, a new stroke patient would only get a CT scan upon arrival to rule out the possibility of a brain hemorrhage, so doctors could safely administer a clot-dissolving drug. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "Hospitals Rush to Offer New Stroke Treatment," 26 Dec. 2018 The sons’ increased deaths were largely from cerebral hemorrhage and marginally from cancer, although this data comes only from those states that provided cause of death. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Trauma of US Civil War POW experience affected the next generation," 22 Oct. 2018 But generally speaking, poor cerebral blood flow can lead to brain tissue death and result in stroke, hemorrhage and other conditions, according to Healthline. Laura Newberry, latimes.com, "Citing health study, Lancaster mayor wants to ban workplace necktie requirements for city employees," 12 July 2018 One patient had a hemorrhage and 19 percent had a notable adverse event, the team reported. NBC News, "Modified polio vaccine helps fight deadly brain tumors," 26 June 2018 The symptoms, like fever, convulsions, cerebral hemorrhage or intercranial pressure, were all things treated by trepanantion at the time. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Medieval grave reveals rare 'coffin birth' and neurosurgery," 26 Apr. 2018 These aneurysms usually happen in the space between the brain and thin tissues covering the brain, which is known as a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Korin Miller, SELF, "'Game of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke Reveals She Survived 2 Aneurysms," 22 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And how the Republican does in those districts where polling is showing Donald Trump hemorrhaging support. Fox News, "Rep. Pete King: 'Pompeo will do outstanding job'," 13 Mar. 2018 In addition to the disappointing showing for the CSU, her center-left government partner in Berlin, which has been hemorrhaging voters for months, dropped into single-digit territory in Bavaria for the first time in its post World War II history. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Merkel’s Allies in Bavaria Hit With Worst Election Showing Since 1950," 14 Oct. 2018 His number of followers hemorrhaged, presumably because Instagram purged many of the phony accounts. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s morale problem is getting worse," 6 Dec. 2018 Lampert’s hope is that by focusing only on a core group of 400 profitable stores, the company can stop hemorrhaging money and restore the confidence of its customers and vendors. Michael Corkery, The Seattle Times, "Is Sears a turnaround candidate or ‘walking zombie’?," 15 Oct. 2018 The government was hemorrhaging money in its attempts to enforce Prohibition and losing tax revenue from alcohol sales. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "‘Liberated Spirits’ Review: When Alcohol Was a Women’s Issue," 25 Oct. 2018 Since the drama with Zamora’s photo, Lee has gone from more than 5 million subscribers to a current 4.5 million, hemorrhaging around 485,000 subscribers in the past 30 days, according to Social Blade. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Laura Lee, Jeffree Star, and the racism scandal upending the YouTube beauty community, explained," 28 Aug. 2018 With the business hemorrhaging cash, Ms. Lacaze slashed costs. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War," 11 July 2018 The abatement was implemented because the city was hemorrhaging population and, with the cost of construction high, there was little residential or commercial building taking place. Joel Naroff, Philly.com, "A look at whether Philadelphia's 10-year tax abatement should continue," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of hemorrhage

Noun

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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More Definitions for hemorrhage

hemorrhage

noun

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

hemorrhage

verb

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

hemorrhage

noun
hem·​or·​rhage | \ ˈhe-mə-rij How to pronounce hemorrhage (audio) \

Kids Definition of hemorrhage

: a large loss of blood

hemorrhage

noun
hem·​or·​rhage
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

hemorrhage

intransitive verb
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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