[em-buh-luh-zey-shuh n]


obstruction of a blood vessel or organ by an embolus.

Nearby words

  1. embole,
  2. embolectomy,
  3. embolic,
  4. embolism,
  5. embolite,
  6. embolize,
  7. embololalia,
  8. embolus,
  9. embolus ,
  10. emboly

Origin of embolization

First recorded in 1945–50; embol(us) + -ization

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Medicine definitions for embolization




The process by which a blood vessel or organ is obstructed by an embolus or other mass.
The surgical introduction of various substances into the circulatory system to obstruct specific blood vessels.

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