epistaxis

[ep-uh-stak-sis]
noun Pathology.

Origin:
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)
 
n
the technical name for nosebleed
 
[C18: from Greek: a dropping, from epistazein to drop on, from stazein to drip]

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epistaxis
from Gk. epistaxis nosebleeding, from epi upon + stazein- to let fall in drops (see stalactite).
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epistaxis ep·i·stax·is (ěp'ĭ-stāk'sĭs)
n. pl. ep·i·stax·es (-stāk'sēz')
A nosebleed.

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epistaxis

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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