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aneurysm \aneurysm\ n. 1. a sac-like widening of a blood vessel.


Aneurism \An"eu*rism\, n. [Gr. ?, ?, a widening, an opening; ? up + ? wide.] (Med.) A soft, pulsating, hollow tumor, containing blood, arising from the preternatural dilation or rupture of the coats of an artery. [Written also aneurysm.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Medieval Latin aneurisma, from Greek aneurysmos "dilation," from aneurynein "to dilate," from ana- "up" (see ana-) + eurynein "widen," from eurys "broad, wide" (see eury-).


n. (context pathology English) An abnormal blood-filled swelling of an artery or vein, resulting from a localized weakness in the wall of the vessel.


n. a cardiovascular disease characterized by a sac-like widening of an artery resulting from weakening of the artery wall [syn: aneurism]


An aneurysm or aneurism is a localized, blood-filled balloon-like bulge in the wall of a blood vessel. Aneurysms can occur in any blood vessel, with examples including aneurysms of the Circle of Willis in the brain, aortic aneurysms affecting the thoracic aorta, and abdominal aortic aneurysms. Aneurysms can also occur within the heart itself.

As an aneurysm increases in size, the risk of rupture increases. A ruptured aneurysm can lead to bleeding.Aneurysms are a result of a weakened blood vessel wall, and can be a result of a hereditary condition or an acquired disease. Aneurysms can also be a nidus for clot formation ( thrombosis) and embolization. The word is from , aneurysma, "dilation", from ἀνευρύνειν, aneurynein, "to dilate".

Aneurysm (song)

"Aneurysm" is a song by the American grunge band Nirvana. Two studio versions have been released, and a live version from the album From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah was released as a promotional single in 1996.

Aneurysm (disambiguation)

An aneurysm is a localized, blood-filled balloon-like bulge in the wall of a blood vessel.

Aneurysm may also refer to

  • Aneurysm (band), an Italian metal band
  • "Aneurysm" (song), a song by Nirvana
Aneurysm (band)

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Aneurysm was an Italian industrial metal band, formed in 1994 in Verona.

Although initially influenced by 1980s thrash metal bands such as Metallica, Pantera and Fear Factory, Aneurysm has elaborated their own sound, combining thrash with progressive metal and characteristic vocals. Seven years after the first demo-tape "Burst" (1995), their first full-length album "Aware" was released (2002), reviewed with enthusiastic words. In June 2005, Aneurysm began recording "Shades", a 15 tracks concept in which Hansi Kürsch from Blind Guardian appeared as special guest. In 2007 the album was released by Old Ones Records, received very positively by public and critics. Aneurysm define their own genre cyber metal

Usage examples of "aneurysm".

Especially since the initial diagnosis in each case was a hereditary vascular malformation, one being a Berry aneurysm, or sacular weakening of an artery that was leaking blood, and the other a capsular angioma, same as Kathleen Sullivan had.

Nelaton describes an instance in which the point of an umbrella wounded the cavernous sinus and internal carotid artery of the opposite side, causing the formation of an arteriovenous aneurysm which ultimately burst, and death ensued.

An incision was made from the ensiform cartilage to the umbilicus, the aneurysm exposed, and its cavity filled up with two meters of silver-plated wire.

Warren reported a case of the abdominal aorta which commenced at the origin of the celiac axis and passed on to the surfaces of the psoas and iliac muscles, descending to the middle of the thigh The total length of the aneurysm was 19 inches, and it measured 18 inches in circumference.

There was subarachnoid hemmorrhage as a result of the bursting of the aneurysm.

Strokes, thromboses, blood clots, aneurysms, Miles supposed was what this translated to.

The anesthesiologist told Thomas that the patient had suffered a dissecting aneurysm following a catheterization.

CAT scan or MRI imager, and there was no way to tell if the trauma had produced an aneurysm or clot, short of waiting for her brain to burst.

They had learned that their baby had died from a ruptured aneurysm in the pulmonary artery.

Karen had adored his predecessor, John Mason, a visionary high flier who had reached the office of chief constable at the age of forty-two but had died, completely unexpectedly, of an aneurysm five years later.

I suppose they were thinking of “Journeys end in lovers meeting,” but not everyone could be expected to get the reference: it might have come across as too sinister, a building all entrances but no exits, reeking of aneurysms and thromboses and emptied bottles of sleeping pills and gun wounds to the head.

Why, most likely Kloofman and Danton would have a dozen aneurysms pop in their aging arteries when they found out that Quellen’s department was monkeying with the structure of the past.

Strokes, thromboses, blood clots, aneurysms, Miles supposed was what this translated to.

And some people get aneurysms just because there is a weak bit in their blood vessels, like Mrs.

If Joe wasn't a rowing-machine abuser, he'd be blowing aneurysms in both hemispheres about now.