|—n , pl -li|
|Compare thrombus material, such as part of a blood clot or an air bubble, that is transported by the blood stream until it becomes lodged within a small vessel and impedes the circulation|
|[C17: via Latin from Greek embolos stopper, from emballein to insert, from ballein to throw; see |
embolus em·bo·lus (ěm'bə-ləs)
n. pl. em·bo·li (-lī')
A mass, such as an air bubble, a detached blood clot, or a foreign body, that travels in the bloodstream and lodges in a blood vessel, thus serving to obstruct or occlude such a vessel.