Definitions for Embolismˈɛm bəˌlɪz əm
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an insertion into a calendar
occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus (a loose clot or air bubble or other particle)
An obstruction or occlusion of an artery by an embolus, that is by a blood clot, air bubble or other matter that has been transported by the blood stream.
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
the occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus. Embolism in the brain often produces sudden unconsciousness and paralysis
Origin: [L. embolismus, from Gr. to throw or put in, insert; cf. intercalated: cf. F. embolisme. See Emblem.]
In medicine, an embolism refers to the lodging of an embolus, which may be a blood clot, a fat globule or a gas bubble in the bloodstream, which can cause a blockage. Such a blockage may affect a part of the body distanced from the actual site of the embolism. This is then not to be confused with a thrombus which causes a blockage at the site of origin. Embolization is a procedure that makes specific use of thrombo-emboli to selectively block the blood supply to unwanted processes such as tumours.
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Blocking of a blood vessel by an embolus which can be a blood clot or other undissolved material in the blood stream.
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