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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: em'bo-lus, -li

Definition: A plug, composed of a detached thrombus or vegetation, mass of bacteria, or other foreign body, occluding a vessel.

Synonym(s): emboliform nucleus

[G. embolos, a plug, wedge or stopper]

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