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epistaxis

[ep-uh-stak-sis] /ˌɛp əˈstæk sɪs/
noun, Pathology
1.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < Greek epístaxis a dripping, equivalent to epi- epi- + stag-, stem of stázein to drip, drop + -sis -sis
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epistaxis

/ˌɛpɪˈstæksɪs/
noun
1.
the technical name for nosebleed
Word Origin
C18: from Greek: a dropping, from epistazein to drop on, from stazein to drip
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Word Origin and History for epistaxis
n.

medical Latin, from Greek epistaxis "nosebleeding," from epi "upon" (see epi-) + stazein- "to let fall in drops" (see stalactite).

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epistaxis in Medicine

epistaxis ep·i·stax·is (ěp'ĭ-stāk'sĭs)
n. pl. ep·i·stax·es (-stāk'sēz')
A nosebleed.

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nosebleed

an attack of bleeding from the nose. It is a common and usually unimportant disorder but may also result from local conditions of inflammation, small ulcers or polypoid growths, or severe injuries to the skull. Vascular disease, such as high blood pressure, may provoke it, and such diseases as scurvy and hemophilia also may be responsible. Usually it is easily controlled by rest and application of cold and pressure. On occasion it may require expert care.

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