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[hem-er-ij, hem-rij] /ˈhɛm ər ɪdʒ, ˈhɛm rɪdʒ/
a profuse discharge of blood, as from a ruptured blood vessel; bleeding.
the loss of assets, especially in large amounts.
any widespread or uncontrolled loss or diffusion.
verb (used without object), hemorrhaged, hemorrhaging.
to bleed profusely.
to lose assets, especially in large amounts.
verb (used with object), hemorrhaged, hemorrhaging.
to lose (assets):
a company that was hemorrhaging money.
Origin of hemorrhage
1665-75; < Latin haemorrhagia < Greek haimorrhagía. See hemo-, -rrhagia
Related forms
[hem-uh-raj-ik] /ˌhɛm əˈrædʒ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
posthemorrhagic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Thus individuals affected with hmorrhoids have the liability to hemorrhage increased when they are asleep.

    Sleep and Its Derangements William A. Hammond
  • The hemorrhage had been brought on by Frederick's description of her child.

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • The shock of the final stroke had merely choked the wounded man into collapse from the hemorrhage of the left lung.

    The Foolish Virgin Thomas Dixon
  • His wife was with him, and a surgeon, who had found the ball but could not stop the hemorrhage.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • It is necessary, however, to say a few words concerning the demonstration of the source of the hemorrhage.

Word Origin and History for hemorrhage

c.1400, emorosogie (modern form by 17c.), from Latin haemorrhagia, from Greek haimorrhagia, from haimorrhages "bleeding violently," from haima "blood" (see -emia) + rhage "a breaking," from rhegnynai "to break, burst." Related: Hemorrhagic.


by 1882, from hemorrhage (n.). Related: Hemorrhaged; hemorrhaging.

Slang in Reports: B.I.D. for "Brought in Dead" and "Dotty" are, [Mr. Sidney Holland of London Hospital] considers, permissible expressions, but he draws the line at "fitting" and "hæmorrhaging." Only such terms, he says, should be used as outside doctors will understand. We would say that on a point of such odiously bad taste he might have been much more severe. [Lavinia L. Dock, "The American Journal of Nursing," 1906]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hemorrhage in Medicine

hemorrhage hem·or·rhage (hěm'ər-ĭj)
An escape of blood from the blood vessels, especially when excessive. Also called hemorrhea.

hem'or·rhage v.
hem'or·rhag'ic (hěm'ə-rāj'ĭk) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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hemorrhage in Science
Excessive or uncontrollable bleeding, often caused by trauma, surgical or obstetrical complications, or the advanced stages of certain illnesses, such as cirrhosis and peptic ulcer disease.
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