noun, plural em·bo·li . [ em-b uh-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. Origin of embolus 1660–70;
stopper, equivalent to
em- em- 2
a throw, akin to
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Related Words for embolus closure
infarction Examples from the Web for embolus Historical Examples of embolus
Success has followed opening the artery and removing the
The danger of an
embolus plugging one of the smaller arteries is great and probably happens more often than we think.
When this artery is blocked close to its origin by an
embolus or thrombus, total aphasia results.
And yet the mere naming of the affliction eased her, although she had no conception of what an
embolus might be.
She had still no conception of what an
embolus was; but she naturally assumed that Louis could define an embolus with exactitude. British Dictionary definitions for embolus 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 circulation Compare thrombus Word Origin for embolus
C17: via Latin from Greek
embolos stopper, from emballein to insert, from ballein to throw; see emblem
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Word Origin and History for embolus n.
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.
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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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