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or aneurism

[an-yuh-riz-uh m] /ˈæn yəˌrɪz əm/
noun, Pathology.
a permanent cardiac or arterial dilatation usually caused by weakening of the vessel wall.
Origin of aneurysm
1650-60; < Greek aneúrysma dilation, equivalent to aneurys- (variant stem of aneurýnein to dilate; see an-3, eury-) + -ma noun suffix
Related forms
aneurysmal, aneurismal, adjective
aneurysmally, aneurismally, adverb Unabridged
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  • Those most suitable for ligation are cases in which the aneurysm is circumscribed and globular (Sheen).

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • The section on aneurysm of the aorta remains one of the best ever written.

  • Sudden fatal syncope is not infrequent in cases of aneurysm of the thoracic aorta.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • A very rare complication of the fibroid degeneration of the heart muscle is aneurysm of the heart wall.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • An aneurysm is a sac communicating with an artery, and containing fluid or coagulated blood.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • On the face of it, an aneurysm which is false is not an aneurysm, any more than a false bank-note is legal tender.

  • aneurysm by Anastomosis is the name applied to a vascular tumour in which the arteries, veins, and capillaries are all involved.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
British Dictionary definitions for aneurysm


a sac formed by abnormal dilation of the weakened wall of a blood vessel
Derived Forms
aneurysmal, aneurismal, aneurysmatic, aneurismatic, adjective
aneurysmally, aneurismally, aneurysmatically, aneurismatically, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Greek aneurusma, from aneurunein to dilate, from eurunein to widen
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Word Origin and History for aneurysm

early 15c., from Medieval Latin aneurisma, from Greek aneurysmos "dilation," from aneurynein "to dilate," from ana- "up" (see ana-) + eurynein "widen," from eurys "broad, wide," from PIE root *were- "wide, broad" (cf. Sanskrit uruh "broad, wide").

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aneurysm in Medicine

aneurysm an·eu·rysm or an·eu·rism (ān'yə-rĭz'əm)
A localized, blood-filled dilation of a blood vessel caused by disease or weakening of the vessel wall.

an'eu·rys'mal (-məl) or an'eu·ris·mat'ic (-māt'ĭk) adj.
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aneurysm in Science
A localized, blood-filled dilation of a blood vessel or cardiac chamber caused by disease, such as arteriosclerosis, or weakening of the vessel or chamber wall. A ruptured aneurysm results in hemorrhage and is often fatal.
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