embolism

[em-buh-liz-uh m]

noun

Pathology. the occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus.
intercalation, as of a day in a year.
a period of time intercalated.
(in a Eucharistic service) the prayer following the final petitions of the Lord's Prayer.

Nearby words

  1. embody,
  2. embolden,
  3. embole,
  4. embolectomy,
  5. embolic,
  6. embolite,
  7. embolization,
  8. embolize,
  9. embololalia,
  10. embolus

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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British Dictionary definitions for embolism

embolism

noun

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

Word Origin for embolism

C14: from Medieval Latin embolismus, from Late Greek embolismos intercalary; see embolus

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Word Origin and History for embolism

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.

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Medicine definitions for embolism

embolism

[ĕmbə-lĭz′əm]

n.

The obstruction or occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus.
An embolus.

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Science definitions for embolism

embolism

[ĕmbə-lĭz′əm]

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
The obstruction or occlusion of a blood vessel by such a mass.
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Culture definitions for embolism

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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