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. noun
    the flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessel
    synonyms: bleeding, haemorrhage
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    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.
  2. verb
    lose blood from one's body
    synonyms: bleed, shed blood
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    types:
    flow, menstruate
    undergo menstruation
    type of:
    discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release
    eliminate (a substance)
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