Definition of haemorrhage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English) (North American English hemorrhage) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈhemərɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhemərɪdʒ//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a medical condition in which there is severe loss of blood from inside a person’s body a massive brain/cerebral haemorrhage He was checked for any signs of haemorrhage.
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] haemorrhage (of somebody/something) a serious loss of people, money, etc. from a country, a group or an organization Poor working conditions have led to a steady haemorrhage of qualified teachers from our schools.
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent. (as a noun): alteration of obsolete haemorrhagy, via Latin from Greek haimorrhagia, from haima ‘blood’ + the stem of rhēgnunai ‘burst’.Extra examples The newspaper sold its websites in a bid to stem the haemorrhage of cash from the business. The patient died from acute cerebral haemorrhage. Twelve hours later she suffered a massive brain haemorrhage.

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