—hemorrhagic /hem'euh raj"ik/, adj./hem"euhr ij, hem"rij/, n., v., hemorrhaged, hemorrhaging.n.1. a profuse discharge of blood, as from a ruptured blood vessel; bleeding.2. the loss of assets, esp. in large amounts.3. any widespread or uncontrolled loss or diffusion.v.i.4. to bleed profusely.5. to lose assets, esp. in large amounts.v.t.6. to lose (assets): a company that was hemorrhaging money.[1665-75; < L haemorrhagia < Gk haimorrhagía. See HEMO-, -RRHAGIA]
* * *Escape of blood from blood vessels into surrounding tissue.When a vessel is injured, hemorrhage continues as long as the vessel remains open and the pressure in it exceeds the pressure outside of it. Normally, coagulation closes the vessel and stops the bleeding. Uncontrolled hemorrhage can result from anticoagulant therapy, hemophilia, or severe blood-vessel damage, leading to excessive blood loss and shock.
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