[ air-oh-em-buh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˌɛər oʊˈɛm bəˌlɪz əm /

noun Pathology.

an obstruction of the circulatory system caused by air, as may arise during surgery.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for aeroembolism

/ (ˌɛərəʊˈɛmbəˌlɪzəm) /


a former name for air embolism
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