[ air-oh-em-buh-liz-uhm ]
See synonyms for aeroembolism on
  1. an obstruction of the circulatory system caused by air, as may arise during surgery.

  2. Also called the bends, caisson disease, decompression sickness. an acute condition caused by a rapid substantial decrease in atmospheric pressure, as in high-altitude flying and coming up from deep-sea diving, characterized by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood, severe pain in the lungs and joints, and neurological impairment.

Origin of aeroembolism

First recorded in 1935–40; aero- + embolism

Words Nearby aeroembolism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for aeroembolism


/ (ˌɛərəʊˈɛmbəˌlɪzəm) /

  1. a former name for air embolism

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