Definition of embolism in English:

embolism

Syllabification: em·bo·lism
Pronunciation: /ˈembəˌlizəm
 
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noun

  • 1 Medicine Obstruction of an artery, typically by a clot of blood or an air bubble.
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    • Serious obstructions, such as a pulmonary embolism, need emergency medical treatment.
    • Even so, thrombolytic therapy of pulmonary embolism does not dissolve the clot completely as it does with acute coronary thrombosis, and increases the risk of bleeding.
    • A computed tomographic scan demonstrated a pulmonary embolism, and anticoagulation therapy was initiated.
  • 2The periodic intercalation of days or a month to correct the accumulating discrepancy between the calendar year and the solar year, as in a leap year.

Origin

mid 19th century: via late Latin from Greek embolismos, from emballein 'insert'.

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