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embolism

[em-buh-liz-uh m] /ˈɛm bəˌlɪz əm/
noun
1.
Pathology. the occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus.
2.
intercalation, as of a day in a year.
3.
a period of time intercalated.
4.
(in a Eucharistic service) the prayer following the final petitions of the Lord's Prayer.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin embolismus intercalation < Late Greek embolismós, equivalent to embol- (see embolus) + -ismos -ism
Related forms
embolismic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for embolismic

embolism

/ˈɛmbəˌlɪzəm/
noun
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
Derived Forms
embolismic, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin embolismus, from Late Greek embolismos intercalary; see embolus
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Word Origin and History for embolismic

embolism

n.

late 14c., "intercalation of days into a calendar," from Old French embolisme, from Late Latin embolismus "insertion of days in a calendar to correct errors," from Greek embolimos, embolme "insertion," or embolos "a plug, wedge" (see embolus). Medical sense of "obstruction of a blood vessel" is first recorded in English 1855.

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embolismic in Medicine

embolism em·bo·lism (ěm'bə-lĭz'əm)
n.

  1. The obstruction or occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus.

  2. An embolus.

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embolismic in Science
embolism
  (ěm'bə-lĭz'əm)   
  1. A mass, such as an air bubble, detached blood clot, or foreign body, that travels in the bloodstream, lodges in a blood vessel, and obstructs or occludes it. Also called embolus.

  2. The obstruction or occlusion of a blood vessel by such a mass.


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embolismic in Culture

embolism definition


An obstruction or occlusion of a blood vessel by an air bubble, a detached blood clot, or a foreign body.

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