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embolism

Line breaks: em¦bol|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈɛmbəlɪz(ə)m
 
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Definition of embolism in English:

noun

Medicine
Obstruction of an artery, typically by a clot of blood or an air bubble: [mass noun]: causes of cerebral embolism [count noun]: one patient died of a pulmonary embolism
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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