block·​age | \ ˈblä-kij How to pronounce blockage (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Doctors discovered a blockage in one artery and inserted two stents. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Doctors declare Bernie Sanders in "good health" following heart attack," 30 Dec. 2019 An open river will have a higher flood capacity than a culvert, and a slight overflow certainly won’t have the catastrophic consequences of a blockage or collapse. David N Lerner, Quartz, "“Daylighting” underground rivers could bring nature back to cities," 13 Dec. 2019 Half also were given CT scans to rule out dangerous blockages, then continued on their medicines., "The results challenge medical dogma and call into question some of the most common practices in heart care. They are the strongest evidence yet that tens of thousands of costly stent procedures and bypass operations each year are unnecessary or premature for people with stable disease.," 17 Nov. 2019 All the patients had moderate to severe blockages in coronary arteries. New York Times, "Surgery for Blocked Arteries Is Often Unwarranted, Researchers Find," 16 Nov. 2019 Half also were given CT scans to rule out dangerous blockages, then continued on their medicines. Washington Post, "Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures," 16 Nov. 2019 Half also were given CT scans to rule out dangerous blockages, then continued on their medicines. Marilynn Marchione, Anchorage Daily News, "Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures," 16 Nov. 2019 Through a blood vessel in the groin, a tube is guided to a blockage in the heart. Gina Kolata,, "Heart surgical procedures often unwarranted, study finds," 16 Nov. 2019 Doctors discovered a massive pulmonary embolism, which is a blockage in the lung’s artery caused by blood clots. Hannah Drown, cleveland, "Avon Lake man survives health scare with 95 percent mortality rate at University Hospitals; The patient? My father," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of blockage

1759, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2020

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“Blockage.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce blockage (audio) \

Medical Definition of blockage

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