block·age | \ˈblä-kij \

Definition of blockage 

: an act or instance of obstructing : the state of being blocked a blockage in a coronary artery

Examples of blockage in a Sentence

He had surgery to open up blockages in his arteries. trying to prevent blockage of the artery

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High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease, and three months ago, Johnson needed surgery for two blockages in her heart. CBS News, "Most African-Americans develop high blood pressure by age 55, study finds," 11 July 2018 There was a blockage in a blood vessel, but it was not caused by an obstructing ligament. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "What Was Causing a Healthy Older Man to Be Nauseated by Food?," 13 June 2018 Scientists diagnose a mysterious blockage in the flowers that keeps the sperm cells in the pollen from reaching the ovule. Richard Conniff, WSJ, "‘The Plant Messiah’ Review: The Miracle Worker," 13 Apr. 2018 New research adds to the debate In men, there is likely to be problems with blockage in the larger coronary arteries that impede blood flow to the heart muscle. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, "Heart attack and stroke symptoms: You should know the difference between men and women," 29 Mar. 2018 With the grates removed, light your grill and inspect the burner tubes for any blockages. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Your BBQ Grill," 13 June 2018 On the other hand, a cross may signify a blockage or unforeseen trouble ahead. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Your Essential Guide to Tasseography, the Practice of Reading Tea Leaves," 7 May 2018 Last month, MoviePass ended a blockage preventing subscribers from attending ten of AMC Theatres' busiest locations. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "MoviePass brings back movie-a-day subscription for newcomers," 2 May 2018 Back home, a cardiologist found a blockage and put a stent in place. Greg Garrison,, "Candy and ashes: Ash Wednesday is also Valentine's Day," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of blockage

1759, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of blockage

: something that stops something (such as blood) from moving through something (such as a blood vessel)

: the state of being blocked


block·age | \ˈbläk-ij \

Medical Definition of blockage 

: the action of blocking or the state of being blocked: as

a : blockade sense 2

b : internal resistance to understanding a communicated idea, to learning new material, or to adopting a new mode of response because of existing habitual ways of thinking, perceiving, and acting — compare blocking



Legal Definition of blockage 

: the condition of a large block of items of property (as shares of stock) that requires special valuation for purposes of estate and gift tax because the value of the items sold as a block differs from their value if sold individually

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