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Medical Dictionary

pulmonary embolism


Medical Definition of PULMONARY EMBOLISM

:  embolism of a pulmonary artery or one of its branches that is produced by foreign matter and most often a blood clot originating in a vein of the leg or pelvis and that is marked by labored breathing, chest pain, fainting, rapid heart rate, cyanosis, shock, and sometimes death—abbreviation PE


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