aeroembolism

[air-oh-em-buh-liz-uhm]
noun Pathology.
1.
an obstruction of the circulatory system caused by air, as may arise during surgery.
2.
Also called the bends, caisson disease, decompression sickness. an acute condition caused by a rapid substantial decrease in atmospheric pressure, as in high-altitude flying and coming up from deep-sea diving, characterized by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood, severe pain in the lungs and joints, and neurological impairment.

Origin:
1935–40; aero- + embolism

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aeroembolism (ˌɛərəʊˈɛmbəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
a former name for air embolism

air embolism or aeroembolism
 
n
See decompression sickness the presence in the tissues and blood of a gas, such as air or nitrogen bubbles, caused by an injection of air or, in the case of nitrogen, by an abrupt and substantial reduction in the ambient pressure
 
aeroembolism or aeroembolism
 
n

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Too much exhalation could result in drowning, too little in aeroembolism.
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