Definition: A weak area on the wall of an artery that balloons out, causing the wall to become weaker as it becomes larger. Once an aneurysm reaches a certain size, it has a high risk of bursting and bleeding inside the brain.
From Jose Vega M.D., Ph.D., former About.com Guide
Updated November 02, 2008
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