or an·eu·rism

[an-yuh-riz-uh m]

noun Pathology.

a permanent cardiac or arterial dilatation usually caused by weakening of the vessel wall.

Nearby words

  1. aneuploidy,
  2. aneuria,
  3. aneurin,
  4. aneurine,
  5. aneurism,
  6. aneurysm of charcot,
  7. aneurysmal bone cyst,
  8. aneurysmectomy,
  9. aneurysmogram,
  10. aneurysmoplasty

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 formsan·eu·rys·mal, an·eu·ris·mal, adjectivean·eu·rys·mal·ly, an·eu·ris·mal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for aneurism




a sac formed by abnormal dilation of the weakened wall of a blood vessel
Derived Formsaneurysmal, aneurismal, aneurysmatic or aneurismatic, adjectiveaneurysmally, aneurismally, aneurysmatically or aneurismatically, adverb

Word Origin for aneurysm

C15: from Greek aneurusma, from aneurunein to dilate, from eurunein to widen

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Word Origin and History for aneurism
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Medicine definitions for aneurism



A localized, blood-filled dilation of a blood vessel caused by disease or weakening of the vessel wall.
Related formsan′eu•rysmal (-məl) null adj.

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Science definitions for aneurism



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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