hemorrhage

Medically speaking, a hemorrhage is a rapid loss of blood. If you fall and hit your head really hard, the doctors will check to see there's no cerebral hemorrhage, or bleeding in your brain.

Hemorrhage is pronounced HEM-or-edge. Blame the Greeks for the funny spelling, because like many medical terms, this one comes from Greek roots. Besides the medical meaning, we use hemorrhage to mean the uncontrollable loss of other things. If sudden disaster is making you hemorrhage money, you'll have to cut back on fancy dinners and new shoes. Can I recommend frozen pizza?

Definitions of hemorrhage
1

n the flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessel

Synonyms:
bleeding, haemorrhage
Types:
show 7 types...
hide 7 types...
haemorrhagic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke
stroke caused by the rupture of a blood vessel in the brain
cerebral hemorrhage
bleeding from a ruptured blood vessel in the brain
blood extravasation
the leakage of blood from a vessel into tissues surrounding it; can occur in injuries or burns or allergic reactions
hyphema
bleeding into the interior chamber of the eye
metrorrhagia
bleeding from the uterus that is not due to menstruation; usually indicative of disease (as cervical cancer)
epistaxis, nosebleed
bleeding from the nose
ulemorrhagia
bleeding of the gums
Type of:
harm, hurt, injury, trauma
any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

v lose blood from one's body

Synonyms:
bleed, shed blood
Types:
flow, menstruate
undergo menstruation
Type of:
discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release
eliminate (a substance)

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.