aneurism


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aneurysm
left: normal abdominal aorta
right: abdominal aortic aneurysm

an·eu·rysm

also an·eu·rism  (ăn′yə-rĭz′əm)
n.
An abnormal, blood-filled sac formed by dilation of the wall of a blood vessel or heart ventricle, most commonly the abdominal aorta and intracranial arteries, resulting from disease or trauma to the wall, as in atherosclerosis.

[Middle English aneurisme, ultimately from Greek aneurusma, from aneurein, to dilate : ana-, throughout; see ana- + eurus, wide.]

an′eu·rys′mal (-məl) adj.

aneurism, aneurysm

a disease of the artery wall that causes a localized dilatation of the artery and a pulsating tumor.
See also: Blood and Blood Vessels
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aneurism - a cardiovascular disease characterized by a saclike widening of an artery resulting from weakening of the artery wallaneurism - a cardiovascular disease characterized by a saclike widening of an artery resulting from weakening of the artery wall
cardiovascular disease - a disease of the heart or blood vessels
aortic aneurysm - an aneurysm of the aorta
cerebral aneurysm - an aneurysm of the carotid artery
intracranial aneurysm - an aneurysm of a cranial artery
ventricular aneurysm - a localized dilation or protrusion on the wall of the left ventricle of the heart (occurring after a myocardial infarction)
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This aneurism of mine makes me easily tired, and the tussle we had half an hour ago has not mended matters.
When I had him fairly inside my cab, my heart jumped so with joy that I feared lest at this last moment my aneurism might go wrong.
John's Wood, and that the cause of her death was Aneurism.