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[ep-uh-stak-sis] /ˌɛp əˈstæk sɪs/
noun, Pathology.
Origin of epistaxis
1785-95; < Greek epístaxis a dripping, equivalent to epi- epi- + stag-, stem of stázein to drip, drop + -sis -sis Unabridged
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the technical name for nosebleed
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C18: from Greek: a dropping, from epistazein to drop on, from stazein to drip
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Word Origin and History for epistaxis

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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