[ em-buh-luhs ]
/ ˈɛm bə ləs /
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noun, plural em·bo·li [em-buh-lahy]. /ˈɛm bəˌlaɪ/. Pathology.

undissolved material carried by the blood and impacted in some part of the vascular system, as thrombi or fragments of thrombi, tissue fragments, clumps of bacteria, protozoan parasites, fat globules, or gas bubbles.



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Origin of embolus

1660–70; <Latin: piston <Greek émbolos stopper, equivalent to em-em-2 + bólos a throw, akin to bállein to throw
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British Dictionary definitions for embolus

/ (ˈɛmbələs) /

noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)

material, such as part of a blood clot or an air bubble, that is transported by the blood stream until it becomes lodged within a small vessel and impedes the circulationCompare thrombus
C17: via Latin from Greek embolos stopper, from emballein to insert, from ballein to throw; see emblem
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Medical definitions for embolus

[ ĕmbə-ləs ]

n. pl. em•bo•li (-lī′)

A mass, such as an air bubble, detached blood clot, or foreign body, that travels in the bloodstream and lodges in a blood vessel, thus serving to obstruct or occlude such a vessel.
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Scientific definitions for embolus

[ ĕmbə-ləs ]

Plural emboli (ĕmbə-lī)

See embolism.
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