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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: em'bol-i-za'shun


  1. The formation and release of an embolus into the circulation.
  2. Therapeutic introduction of various substances into the circulation to occlude vessels, either to arrest or prevent hemorrhaging, to devitalize a structure, tumor, or organ by occluding its blood supply, or to reduce blood flow to an arteriovenous malformation.
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