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aeroembolism

[air-oh-em-buh-liz-uh m] /ˌɛər oʊˈɛm bəˌlɪz əm/
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
1935-1940
1935-40; aero- + embolism
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aeroembolism

/ˌɛərəʊˈɛmbəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
a former name for air embolism
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