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embolism

[em-buh-liz-uh m]
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noun
  1. Pathology. the occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus.
  2. intercalation, as of a day in a year.
  3. a period of time intercalated.
  4. (in a Eucharistic service) the prayer following the final petitions of the Lord's Prayer.

Origin of embolism

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin embolismus intercalation < Late Greek embolismós, equivalent to embol- (see embolus) + -ismos -ism
Related formsem·bo·lis·mic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for embolism

Historical Examples

  • Hemiplegia is usually the result of a cerebral hemorrhage or embolism.

    Philosophy of Osteopathy

    Andrew T. Still

  • My own physician, Doctor Chesnard, has just been here and suggests that it is an embolism.

    Two banks of the Seine

    Fernand Vandrem

  • In advanced sclerosis there may be one or more of a series of accidents due to embolism, thrombosis, or rupture of the vessels.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • Thrombosis is favored, and where atheromatous ulcers are formed, embolism is to be feared.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • It is often due to embolism of infective material, gangrenous matter, etc.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture


British Dictionary definitions for embolism

embolism

noun
  1. the occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus
  2. botany the blocking of a xylem vessel by an air bubble
  3. the insertion of one or more days into a calendar, esp the Jewish calendar; intercalation
  4. RC Church a prayer inserted in the canon of the Mass between the Lord's Prayer and the breaking of the bread
  5. another name (not in technical use) for embolus
Derived Formsembolismic, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin embolismus, from Late Greek embolismos intercalary; see embolus
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Word Origin and History for embolism

n.

late 14c., "intercalation of days into a calendar," from Old French embolisme, from Late Latin embolismus "insertion of days in a calendar to correct errors," from Greek embolimos, embolme "insertion," or embolos "a plug, wedge" (see embolus). Medical sense of "obstruction of a blood vessel" is first recorded in English 1855.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

embolism in Medicine

embolism

(ĕmbə-lĭz′əm)
n.
  1. The obstruction or occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus.
  2. An embolus.
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embolism in Science

embolism

[ĕmbə-lĭz′əm]
  1. A mass, such as an air bubble, detached blood clot, or foreign body, that travels in the bloodstream, lodges in a blood vessel, and obstructs or occludes it. Also called embolus
  2. The obstruction or occlusion of a blood vessel by such a mass.
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embolism in Culture

embolism

An obstruction or occlusion of a blood vessel by an air bubble, a detached blood clot, or a foreign body.

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