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noun Pathology.
  1. nosebleed.
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Origin of epistaxis

1785–95; < Greek epístaxis a dripping, equivalent to epi- epi- + stag-, stem of stázein to drip, drop + -sis -sis
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Historical Examples

  • Oh yes, he glibly replied, I think they call it the Rubus epistaxis.

    Pastoral Days

    William Hamilton Gibson

  • He also had slight headache and the bowels were constipated; no epistaxis.

  • In cases of so-called male menstruation the symptom is apt to be epistaxis.


    Eugene S. Talbot

  • No "fit" up to date; no epistaxis; only once a slight headache.

  • Bleeding from the nose, epistaxis, taking place frequently in a middle-aged person, sometimes is an early symptom.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

British Dictionary definitions for epistaxis


  1. the technical name for nosebleed
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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


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


n. pl. ep•i•stax•es (-stăksēz′)
  1. A nosebleed.
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