noun, plural em·bo·li [em-buh-lahy] /ˈɛm bəˌlaɪ/. Pathology.
- embolus ,
Origin of embolus
Examples from the Web for embolus
When a trunk bifurcates, the larger branch usually receives the embolus.
When the embolus arises from a septic thrombus, the results differ from those above described.
When this artery is blocked close to its origin by an embolus or thrombus, total aphasia results.
The danger of an embolus plugging one of the smaller arteries is great and probably happens more often than we think.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:|Louis Marshall Warfield
Eventually, a point of the artery is reached whose diameter is less than that of the embolus, and the latter is stopped.
noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
Word Origin for embolus
1660s, "stopper, wedge," from Latin embolus "piston of a pump," from Greek embolos "peg, stopper; anything pointed so as to be easily thrust in," also "a tongue (of land), beak (of a ship)," from emballein (see emblem). Medical sense is from 1866. Related: Embolic.