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n. (context medicine countable uncountable English) The process of keeping blood inside a damaged vessel to stop bleeding.


n. surgical procedure of stopping the flow of blood (as with a hemostat) [syn: haemostasis, hemostasia, haemostasia]


Hemostasis or haemostasis is a process which causes bleeding to stop, meaning to keep blood within a damaged blood vessel (the opposite of hemostasis is hemorrhage). It is the first stage of wound healing. This involves coagulation, blood changing from a liquid to a gel. Intact blood vessels are central to moderating blood's tendency to form clots. The endothelial cells of intact vessels prevent blood clotting with a heparin-like molecule and thrombomodulin and prevent platelet aggregation with nitric oxide and prostacyclin. When endothelial injury occurs, the endothelial cells stop secretion of coagulation and aggregation inhibitors and instead secrete von Willebrand factor which initiate the maintenance of hemostasis after injury. Hemostasis has three major steps: 1) vasoconstriction, 2) temporary blockage of a break by a platelet plug, and 3) blood coagulation, or formation of a fibrin clot. These processes seal the hole until tissues are repaired.

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Pediatric tissues were friable and needed to be handled very carefully, but the youth of the patient made precise hemostasis easy.

From time to time he stops to say certain procedures by name: RUQ abdominal wound requires immediate hemostasis by application of.