Words nearby haemat-
WORDS THAT USE HAEMAT-
What does haemat- mean?
Haemat- comes from the Greek haîma, meaning “blood.”
Chiefly used in British English, haemat- is a variant of hemat-, itself a variant of hemato- before a vowel. Hemato- is another form of hemo-.
Historically, haemat- has been written as hæmat-, featuring a ligature of the a and e.
Other variants of haemat- used like hemo- are hem- and hema-. As with haemat-, all of these combining forms are often spelled with an additional a in British English, as in haem-, haema-, haemo-, and haemato-.
You can learn all about the specific applications for each of these forms at our Words That Use articles for them.
Examples of haemat-
One example of a medical term you may have encountered that features the combining form haemat- is haematoma, “a circumscribed collection of blood, usually clotted, in a tissue or organ, caused by a break in a blood vessel.”
The first part of the word, haemat-, means “blood.” The suffix -oma is used to name tumors or other abnormal growth. So, a haematoma has a literal sense of “abnormal swelling of blood.”
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