[hem-er-ij, hem-rij]
  1. a profuse discharge of blood, as from a ruptured blood vessel; bleeding.
  2. the loss of assets, especially in large amounts.
  3. any widespread or uncontrolled loss or diffusion.
verb (used without object), hem·or·rhaged, hem·or·rhag·ing.
  1. to bleed profusely.
  2. to lose assets, especially in large amounts.
verb (used with object), hem·or·rhaged, hem·or·rhag·ing.
  1. to lose (assets): a company that was hemorrhaging money.

Origin of hemorrhage

1665–75; < Latin haemorrhagia < Greek haimorrhagía. See hemo-, -rrhagia
Related formshem·or·rhag·ic [hem-uh-raj-ik] /ˌhɛm əˈrædʒ ɪk/, adjectivepost·hem·or·rhag·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hemorrhagic

Contemporary Examples of hemorrhagic

  • The only thing more terrifying than the spread of Ebola is when the hemorrhagic fever spreads to pregnant women.

  • In 1991, before he was pope, he suffered a hemorrhagic stroke that briefly affected his eyesight.

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    The Pope's Failing Health

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    October 28, 2011

  • Because an autopsy disclosed multiple internal hemorrhages, the cause of death was tentatively listed as “hemorrhagic bronchitis.”

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    The Panic of 1947

    Jerry Oppenheimer

    September 19, 2009

Historical Examples of hemorrhagic

Word Origin and History for 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]



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.

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hemorrhagic in Medicine


  1. An escape of blood from the blood vessels, especially when excessive.hemorrhea
Related formshemor•rhage v.hem′or•rhagic (hĕm′ə-răjĭk) adj.
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hemorrhagic in Science


  1. 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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