Definition of hyperemia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhīpəˈrēmēə/
(British hyperaemia)


An excess of blood in the vessels supplying an organ or other part of the body.
Example sentences
  • The physician thoroughly examines the esophagus for signs of inflammation, hyperemia, ulcerations, or strictures.
  • However, in a pilot study, the instrument successfully measured reactive hyperemia following pressure in healthy volunteers.
  • Heat should not be applied to an acutely injured ankle joint because it encourages swelling and inflammation through hyperemia.



Pronunciation: /-ˈrēmik/
Example sentences
  • The slightly edematous and hyperemic appendix was removed by laparoscopic surgery.
  • The researchers also noted that following training there was a reduced reactive hyperemic flow (blood flow after cuff deflation).
  • The lungs were hyperemic and the alveolar spaces distended by neutrophils-morphologically very similar to early bacterial pneumonia.


Mid 19th century: from hyper- 'above normal' + -emia.

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Syllabification: hy·per·e·mi·a

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