air embolism

aeroembolism


noun

the presence in the tissues and blood of a gas, such as air or nitrogen bubbles, caused by an injection of air or, in the case of nitrogen, by an abrupt and substantial reduction in the ambient pressureSee decompression sickness

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Medical definitions for air embolism

air embolism

n.

Bubbles of air in the heart or vascular system that create an obstruction and are usually the result of surgery or trauma.
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