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Meaning of EMBOLISM

Pronunciation:  'embu`lizum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus (a loose clot or air bubble or other particle)
  2. [n]  an insertion into a calendar

EMBOLISM is a 8 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: intercalation
 See Also: aeroembolism, air embolism, calendar, embolus, fat embolism, gas embolism, interval, occlusion, pulmonary embolism, time interval



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Em"bo*lism\, n. [L. embolismus, from Gr. ? to throw or
put in, insert; cf. ? intercalated: cf. F. embolisme. See
1. Intercalation; the insertion of days, months, or years, in
   an account of time, to produce regularity; as, the
   embolism of a lunar month in the Greek year.

2. Intercalated time. --Johnson.

3. (Med.) The occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus.
   Embolism in the brain often produces sudden
   unconsciousness and paralysis.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: A block in an artery caused by blood clots or other substances, such as fat globules, infected tissue, or cancer cells.
Biology Dictionary
  1. Obstruction in a blood vessel; can be caused by a blood clot or mass of bacteria or other material.
  2. An embolism is the disorder of lodging a substance in a blood vessel so that blood flow is totally or partially obstructed. The substance could be air, a blood clot, tumor fragments, fat, amniotic fluid, bacteria, or parasites.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: bar, barrier, blank wall, blind alley, blind gut, block, blockade, blockage, bottleneck, cecum, choking, choking off, clog, congestion, constipation, costiveness, cul-de-sac, dead end, embolus, gorge, impasse, impediment, infarct, infarction, jam, obstacle, obstipation, obstruction, sealing off, stop, stoppage, strangulation