|an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.|
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|1.||the occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus|
|2.||botany the blocking of a xylem vessel by an air bubble|
|3.||the insertion of one or more days into a calendar, esp the Jewish calendar; intercalation|
|4.||RC Church a prayer inserted in the canon of the Mass between the Lord's Prayer and the breaking of the bread|
|5.||another name (not in technical use) for embolus|
|[C14: from Medieval Latin embolismus, from Late Greek embolismos intercalary; see |
embolism em·bo·lism (ěm'bə-lĭz'əm)
The obstruction or occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus.
|embolism (ěm'bə-lĭz'əm) Pronunciation Key
An obstruction or occlusion of a blood vessel by an air bubble, a detached blood clot, or a foreign body.