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Medical Term:

embolism

Pronunciation: em′bō-lizm

Definition:

  1. Obstruction or occlusion of a vessel by an embolus.
  2. In approximate common usage, any foreign substance that enters and is carried off in the vasculature by flowing blood (air embolism).

Synonym(s): anaphylactoid syndrome of pregnancy

[G. embolisma, a piece or patch; literally something thrust in]

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