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embolization

Pronunciation: em'bol-i-za'shun

Definition:

  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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