Definition of epistaxis in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • Bleeding from the nose.

    • ‘Generalized erythema, epistaxis, bleeding of gums, petechial and subconjunctival haemorrhages are present occasionally.’
    • ‘With only minor bleeding, such as epistaxis, transfusion of platelets to counts in the 30 000 to 40 000 / L range may be acceptable.’
    • ‘One child in the fluticasone group was withdrawn from the study because of epistaxis and nose pain.’
    • ‘Other presenting features include lymphadenopathy, epistaxis, weight loss, jaundice, and edema.’
    • ‘Some complain of nasal stuffiness, epistaxis, and headaches.’


Late 18th century modern Latin, from Greek, from epistazein ‘bleed from the nose’, from epi ‘upon, in addition’ + stazein ‘to drip’.