cotton-fiber embolism

[ kŏtn-fī′bər ]

n.

An obstruction, often in small pulmonary arteries, produced by cotton fibers derived from sterile gauze used in intravenous medication or transfusion.

Nearby words

  1. cotton to,
  2. cotton top,
  3. cotton waste,
  4. cotton wool,
  5. cotton, john,
  6. cotton-picking,
  7. cotton-wool patches,
  8. cottonade,
  9. cottonian,
  10. cottonmouth


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