One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Bleeding from the nose.
- ‘Some complain of nasal stuffiness, epistaxis, and headaches.’
- ‘Generalized erythema, epistaxis, bleeding of gums, petechial and subconjunctival haemorrhages are present occasionally.’
- ‘One child in the fluticasone group was withdrawn from the study because of epistaxis and nose pain.’
- ‘With only minor bleeding, such as epistaxis, transfusion of platelets to counts in the 30 000 to 40 000 / L range may be acceptable.’
- ‘Other presenting features include lymphadenopathy, epistaxis, weight loss, jaundice, and edema.’
Late 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek, from epistazein ‘bleed from the nose’, from epi ‘upon, in addition’ + stazein ‘to drip’.
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