Definition of haematemesis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhiːməˈtɛmɪsɪs/
(US hematemesis)


[mass noun] Medicine
The vomiting of blood.
Example sentences
  • The patient represented ten months after the laryngectomy and neck dissection with a one day history of intermittent haemoptysis and haematemesis of fresh blood.
  • In contrast, posterior bleeding may be asymptomatic or may present insidiously as nausea, hematemesis, anemia, hemoptysis, or melena.
  • We describe two patients with alcoholic liver disease and haematemesis whose bleeding was not controlled by endoscopic treatment.


Early 19th century: from haemato- 'of blood' + Greek emesis 'vomiting'.

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