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embolus

Syllabification: em·bo·lus
Pronunciation: /ˈembələs
 
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Definition of embolus in English:

noun (plural emboli /-ˌlī, -ˌlē/)

A blood clot, air bubble, piece of fatty deposit, or other object that has been carried in the bloodstream to lodge in a vessel and cause an embolism.
Example sentences
  • Leg clots with pulmonary emboli and bed sores must be prevented.
  • If the embolus reaches a blood vessel it cannot flow through, a blockage occurs.
  • The embolus is carried in the blood stream until it gets stuck in a place where it forms a blockage.

Origin

mid 17th century (denoting something inserted or moving within another, specifically the plunger of a syringe): from Latin, literally 'piston', from Greek embolos 'peg, stopper'. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.

Derivatives

embolic

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Pronunciation: /emˈbälik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The differential diagnosis for the lesion included thrombotic or embolic causes.
  • Seven months after the lung tumor was resected, the patient developed a left temporoparietal infarction that resulted from embolic occlusion of the left middle cerebral artery secondary to atrial fibrillation.
  • A small-profile embolic protection filter is designed to allow the capture and removal of dislodged embolic material during cardiovascular interventions.

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