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air embolism

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 See decompression sickness
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air embolism in Medicine

air embolism n.
Bubbles of air in the heart or vascular system that create an obstruction and are usually the result of surgery or trauma.

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